The problem with race is none of us chose to be a particular skin color or ethnic background. No one. What we do choose is how to act today and at any particular time. Should we choose to be honest, this tells people about our character. Should we choose to have integrity, this tells people about our reputation. So would it not make more sense to be proud about what we created for ourselves instead of what was given to us? We certainly would not deny where we were born but we should not be tied down to it like it was the end of the story. You write your own narrative and let your decisions and actions speak more about you than where you came from and what you look like.
Keeping promises is hard. It requires us to do things we don't want to do. But keep those promises you must do. Otherwise, do not make them in the first place. But since you have made them, you must keep them, especially if it would benefit all those involved including yourself.