Being a “Whitewashed” Latina

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Growing up, I heard three kinds of statements from my extended Salvadoran family. They were either: 1) a negative comment on my appearance and/or weight, 2) a compliment on my grades which eventually led to a strained and awkward relationship with my cousins, or 3) something about me being “so white”.

Weirdly enough, I felt uncomfortable about the first two but not so much about the third. As a kid, I knew being…