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Where are you actually from? That is a harmful question.

Susan Hussey, an aide to the British royal family, quit after being asked, “Where do you really come from?”. This kind of question is so common in America that it doesn’t register as controversial. She says it pokes at something raw and personal about being an outsider. “Where are you really from?” is a question that stings for those whose ancestors were snatched from their homelands. Let us not forget the core irony inside this question. Unless you are a Native American, your ancestors came to the United States from somewhere else.