I attended one of the best schools at the time until I was half way the grade school when one day my father told me that we would be flying away to a new continent –North America. Apparently, I was supposed to…
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At the time, my supposed mother worked in one of the hotels where my father frequented during his trips. That is how I was born - to an African father and a white mother.
My father and I arrived in Toronto, Canada during the Christmas holiday immediately after I had graduated from grade school. This meant that the following year I would join the intermediary schools in Toronto. When the day finally come to pass, I was enrolled to one of the best schools in the city, little did I know that my complexion would turn to be a subject for both the teachers and students. Initially, in the class where I was enrolled, I was the only student who was entirely black in respect to complexion and one who had parent from mixed races. I was later to learn that the school only attended children from parents who were influencial in the society, which meant that my mother was one of them.
Barely a month after my enrolment at the school, I had numerous pretentious friends who came around to mock me on my complexion. However, my parents kept encouraging to ignore them and concentrate with my studies. I paid attention to the advice half heartedly until one of my classmates addressed me as ‘Miss Half Breed’. From there onwards, I was convinced that something was terribly wrong with me, my complexion and my parents. Apparently, I decided to do my own research to find out the meaning of the word. Indeed, half breed was an offensive word that was used to refer to a person who had parents from two different races especially one white parent and a black parent. The discovery of the word shocked my heart to the extremes of wanting my parents to move me to another school, but my mother remained ignorant on the issue. Soon, half of the school including a few teachers took up the offensive word as a way to address me. Basically, my new school had entirely become a ‘living hell’.
It is worth mentioning that ‘Half Breed’ is one of numerous offensive words that are
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