Through many years it has been the white civilization conquering the world. They have tried to colonize and civilize the rest of the world.

The whites have had the superior weapons, ships and leadership which has made them the ruling race of most of the world. E.g.

the Brits who came to America to rule over new land and natives who was viewed as not superior, and thus made into slaves. Since this frontier-story America has had a huge white majority.

This means most other races has been secondary for a long time in America. So, the major white population has stereotypes about the minor ethnicity groups. They only know what they get from the media.

Zappia is talking about the topic: “Losing whiteness when you lose your father” throughout the text. Her father is Italian/Hungarian and is the white half of her own ethnicity.

But actually, the text is more about what the difference between ethnicity and identity is. For Zappia it is all about coming to terms with the fact that her mixed ethnicity is not defining her identity: (p. 4, l. 111-112) “(…)

because you have relied on another to give and create for you a certain truth”. She is finding her own identity in her own ways, whilst still having grown up in several different cultures, and thus different upbringings, thinking this is what made her.

Zappia puts up contrasts of how other people view her, and how she views herself: one example of this is her date who asks if Zappias mother and father met in the army, with her father being the white warrior (soldier)