My cultural identities blend into an ambiguous aesthetic that cannot be contained by boxes asking “what are you?” Racial marking, however, leaves little room for negotiation. In this essay, I use critical autoethnography to illuminate the Black/White binary, stereotypes, and microaggressions through everyday interactions. I use autocritography, a critical subgenre of autoethnographic inquiry that interrogates traditionally muted complexities, pains, confusions, and possibilities that push a person to study what they study, to connect my standpoint to scholarship. Using autocritography, I examine how the complexity and intersections of my identity influence my communication with others and analyze the underlying meanings of my experiences.

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