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What Are You Doing in This Neighborhood?

Born in 1969 -- State of Illinois -- self identify as a Mexican American.

My first encounter with racism was grammar school. I grew up in a mostly Polish neighborhood and, of course, a slightly dark haired Mexican stands out in a mostly blond-ish neighborhood.

The Police would often stop to ask what we (me and my brothers) were doing in the neighborhood and if we lived in the neighborhood. We never actually got into trouble, but the police would never stop and ask a bunch of blond-haired, blue-eyed kids in the same neighborhood.