In a story the other day, the Globe noted just how diverse this year's major mayoral candidates are, i.e., not a single white guy in the bunch. But the story included this bit about Annissa Essaibi George:
Some residents have raised questions about her identity.
“People tend to be a person of color when it’s convenient,’' said Jacquetta Van Zandt to the councilor on Van Zandt’s Politics and Proseccopodcast [sic] during Black History Month. “How do you identify? And how do you show up in the world?”
How dare the Globe quote somebody saying something like that, Essaibi George thunders today.
Since the Boston Globe has determined that I do not meet their self-established definition of a person of color, and reported that "some" are questioning who I am and how I show up, let me summarize: I'm a proud first generation Arab-Polish American and identify as a woman of color.
She continues that identifying as a person of color "does not mean I equate my life with, or discount, the struggles of other races and ethnicities. I'm open about how people project an identity of their choosing onto me - and that can be both a privilege and a burden." And while the Globe will be tut-tutting, she'll be out on the streets "as my authentic self," learning from Bostonians and leading the city forward.