It most definitely was not. I don't have a whole lot to contribute to this thread. I am mixed heritages but predominately "white" - Scottish & English on my mothers side, and Irish & Italian on my fathers side - my grandfather being a 2nd generation Italian American (his parents immigrated). For some reason, the Italian features are dominant in me. Dark hair, olive skin, dark eyes...I can look pale & "white" in the winter but get me in the sun & everything changes. As a child I had one very pale blond haired friend who was convinced I was "black" - like it was a bad thing - and have been called "that little Spanish girl" or asked "what are you??" and I definitely look more "ethnic" with my curly frizzy hair & a tan. However, I am not so purely one lineage that I identify as anything other than "white" if asked on a form. The "racism" I've experienced is nothing compared to many of you.
That being said - I always have wondered what grounds Americans have to be racist or suspicious of immigrants - yes some are here illegally but I think a lot of motivation behind that is to escape oppression, violence, or poverty in their homelands - when we European "white people" came here to escape many of the same things. And then proceeded to slaughter the native Americans & enslave blacks for hundreds of years. We make it damn near impossible to become an American citizen if you werent born here, but do we not remember what we've done?