Indeed, we are ethnically non-white, and far enough back of Indian descent. That being said, my family, like most Romani assimilated into the dominant culture where we settled, in this case mostly in Chicago. Because I am white physically (or white passing if you prefer), I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy all of the benefits of white male privilege. I wasn’t even aware we were Romani until my 20’s, so although I am fiercely proud of my found heritage and all I’ve learned about it, identifying as non-white feels like taking up space for people who haven’t had my history or my present benefits from whiteness.

Really excellent question though and one I’m still working to understand and express authentically.

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