I’m scared, perplexed, and feel lost. This doesn’t feel good. During 2003 and 2008, I discovered what being a woman of color meant in America. It wasn’t something that I was taught in school or by my parents. It was something I learned on my own, by observing the people around me and their actions or words towards me. However, it was not until 2003 and 2008 because I was in a different state than where I grew up. I had lived in two different predominantly Caucasian neighborhoods up until those time periods. The first town I grew up in for eight years was my ‘home’, where I felt most comfortable, and where I was able to live in my ‘perfect fairytale’. Actually for most of my life I was able to live in my own ‘fairytale’ world, at least I wish I could, until I was exposed to the dangers of society.
One nice hot summer day I was playing outside with my sister and friends outside until we heard a loud truck. We all turn around and look and to my sister’s and I surprise it is our dad and uncle. Our dad shows up and my mom comes outside, after chatting, they come to tell us that we are leaving to Louisiana with our dad for a few months to a year. My sister was ten and I was eight, we were pretty excited since we had a chance to be with our dad who has not been in our lives since we were babies. Fast forward a month, I’m scared, perplexed, and feel lost.
Me: running home from the bus stop, Daddy!, crying, the kids at school are making fun of me!
Dad: What’s going on? Stop crying!
Me: They pull my hair during recess and ask me weird questions about my skin and why am I so light?, crying
Dad: Calm down, I’ll call the school in the morning.
After my rant, my father went on to explain what race was and why the other children felt ...
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...ispanic and African-American background I have experienced different instances in which each of my races are discriminated against differently. In a lot of instances being African-American is seen as worse than being Hispanic. “In 1944, Myrdal derided the “treatment” of African Americans as “America’s greatest failure”(2021) that was engendering a fundamental social struggle. Fifty years later, this struggle continues”(pg. 9, Browne). I have surpassed all obstacles that I have encountered and beat all the statistics that others have put onto me. No matter my race or gender I truly believe that I can achieve anything I want, no matter how cliché that might sound. “You can have anything you want if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.”― Abraham Lincoln
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