Though I am an American born convert to Islam, a lot of people still ask me what my ethnicity is or where I came from. With my choice to wear the headscarf, it is obvious that I look Muslim but they still cannot tell what my ethnicity is.
Them: “where are you from?”
Me, in perfect English: “I am from Wisconsin.”
*Looks confused*”Okay but where are your parents from?”
Them: Your grandparents?
Me: “Wisconsin and Kentucky.”
*more awkward Silence*
Them: “I am asking where you are from because I see you wearing that thing on your head.”
(Like I couldn’t have guessed that.)
Me: “I am a convert to Islam and yes my parents are Christians. However, I am a mix of European and Indigenous roots.”
What some Muslims Think My Ethnicity is:
On the other hand, quite a Few Muslims have asked me if I am Turkish or Syrian, until I let them know I am a revert. However, when I visited Egypt there were many people who thought I looked Egyptian.
Here is what my genetic makeup actually is:
On my father’s side, I have one great-grandma from Germany (dad’s father’s side), whom married my great-grandfather, is from the former country Prussia. On my dad’s mother’s side, I have one-great grandpa and grandma from Kentucky.
On my mother’s side, I have one great-grandma from Germany (mom’s mother’s side). I have a great-great-grandma from Poland (Mom’s side) and her husband (my great-great-grandpa) was 100% native with a small percentage of African. On my mom’s father’s side, I have a great-grandma from Norway and a great-grandpa from England.