Something else that made us different from other Ghanaian families was the role distribution in our household. My mother cooked and cleaned the kitchen and the main bathroom. My father did the laundry and cleaned the living room, showers, mowed the grass, and got the gas for his and my mother’s car. When it came to groceries things were split. My father would go to Costco to buy the basic bulk things while my mother bought the more intricate things for cooking. This meant that she went the African market and bought the protein for our fishes and stews, spices, and ...
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... times we would be able to tell that we were treated differently. This was especially true when we moved to an area where there was more Caucasian families. From my observations, it was as if the other parents would speak to my parents as if they were not smart simply because of their accent. My parents speak perfect English, but they have accents. I would noticed that the other parents would speak to my parents much slower and they continually ask them if they understood what they were saying. I was always taught that if we were treated less than we deserved, then we were to respond nicely and with respect. The only times where I felt powerless because of who I am was when I was being treated differently than my peers. I felt powerless due to me feeling strongly that I could not change how people treated mean as well as knowing that I could not change how I looked.
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