Now the woman asking the question was whiter than I was in terms of complexion. And the way she spoke English and the way my friend spoke English was the same. (I'm not going to say their "accent" was the same because apparently, being from Colorado, I'm the one with an "accent" in Texas.)
My friend answered, "No" in response to the employee from Integral Care's question relating to her ability to speak Spanish. And the Integral Care employee immediately said, "oh, you aren't Hispanic." That startled my friend so much that she actually changed her answer and immediately said, "well, I speak a little Spanish."
My friend and I were both thrown off a little bit. My friend's identity was shaken when she heard the woman say, "Oh, you aren't Hispanic." And I wonder how helpful it is when we try to put other people in a box that we think is appropriate. Isn't it more helpful to ask someone how they see their own identity? I think identity is important. I don't think we want everyone to be the same because the truth is that we aren't all the same. There are differences. And I believe that diversity is one of God's best gifts to us. I think we need to know how we see ourselves and be curious to find out more about how others see themselves. Our labels on someone else's identity don't help anythi