I am a Latino.
Like each of you, I have studied self. I have wanted to know: Who am I? What is the purpose of my life?
In my particular case, as I experienced the early phases of my life—as a boy, a college student, a young man—as I experienced these phases I found that much of my reflection on identity was grounded heavily in seeking the approval of other people… white people.
Why? Because I concluded early on that being a Latino in the United States was a problem. By virtue of being alive in this country, I was a problem.