FEATURE Question of Identity

     We, as individuals have the power to choose who we would like to be. Even when outsiders oppose our nature, we still preserve that right. And as outsiders, it's important to recognize that individuals have stake in who they are, and we are in the position to listen.

     Jamion Nash did not grow up in the ordinary family dynamic of a single-race household. Although both his parents are black, he was born into an interracial family and has experienced coming to terms with identity as most adults have not.

     You see, people take for granted the ease of being just white, or just black, or just latino. Sure, each race and any ethnicity comes with struggle, but those who are able to check a single box on a survey do not realize the obstacles they automatically forfeit. Nash goes into detail about what it is like identifying with multiple racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, in ways most never have to ever think about. However, it is worth the six minutes of pondering, in order to understand that identity is more than appearance.  

Soon-to-be graduate of the University of Missouri discusses growing up between two different cultures, and defining his own identity along the way.