You Are Not Your Race

Fe Bencosme

Race is not real—yet it is being propagandized to divide the American people.

In an era of racialized theories and anti-racist activism, race essentialism is foisted upon Americans, even when increasing numbers of people report belonging to more than one category.

Fe Bencosme refuses to pick a category, and she encourages others to do the same. People should form their own beliefs, not conform their behavior and thinking to meet the ideological needs of others.

In You Are Not Your Race, Fe draws from her experiences traveling the world and examines the push to reduce Americans to this single social construct—then she dismantles the ideas driving it. Learn how to decenter race and free yourself from ideologies that insist your political goals, your life aspirations, and your very identity are determined by race.

It is time to realize that everyone’s skin has a color, and it is just one small part of who we are.

Fe Bencosme spent her formative years living in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and in the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic before attending high school in New York, where she first experienced others’ fixation on her mixed heritage.

Fe has had the good fortune to travel to nearly fifty countries across six continents, experiencing widely varying cultures, practices, and viewpoints and learning that humans cannot be reduced to any one category.

Fe is the coauthor of The Adventure Guide to the Dominican Republic and the 2006 recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for cultural tourism writing.

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