I've been wanting to write something here for awhile but just never really had a chance to. I wanted to ask a question and hope may be someone can relate to how I feel or what I've been through.
For a very long time I've been lying to my colleagues at work and people who I just meet about where I'm from because since I was little I was being discriminated against in school among my classmates. They treat me differently because I wasn't born here in the US. My parents immigrated to the US when I was in grade school and I speak perfect English so it come very shocking to a lot of people. In my previous job, I lied to my colleagues and those who I just met me that I was born here because I don't want any questions about where I'm from. I know some colleagues of mines that are the same ethnic group treated me differently because they say I'm not like them so they distant themselves. Unless its work related we have no interactions at all.
Now I started my new job. A colleague of mine asked if I was born here and i said yes. Am I making a mistake here? I feel guilty for lying because I feel like I'm not being truthful. I'm not hiding who I am by any means. I just don't want to feel alienated or treated like a outsider. I practice the same good morals that my parents and grandparents taught me growing up. Be good and kind to people no matter who they are or where they're from because for every person that you know you would want to wish good things for them.