My Personal History of Race

My Personal History of Race

by Lauren Hage

A short essay about how genetics, race, and PTSD can go hand in hand. Lauren writes about the effects of both childhood trauma and epigenetic trauma. She writes of being bullied badly as a mixed-race child and teen in Southern Indiana. "When I got older, people started to ask, 'What are you mixed with?' like I was some kind of baked good." She eventually takes DNA tests and researches her family history with some surprising and clarifying results. "I often wish I had others with just the same 'blend' as me to feel a sense of community," she writes, "but I take comfort in the fact that others that are multi-racial know what I'm talking about. We are not alone."