Elizabeth Todd, Plainfield, NH. I grew up in the south and as a child heard my elders disparage blacks, Latinos and Catholics. Even as a child I knew this was wrong, I knew that we are all the same. I struggled with this dichotomy; the people I loved having values I deplored. How does one […]
Robby Berg Mesa, AZ I befriended a highly intelligent but undereducated Latino family for ten years, acting in the capacity of a tour guide for three children (9 to 5 yrs old) of the larger Anglo culture as an addition to their schooling. Present at many of their larger family occasions, I saw hordes (no […]
Erica Renee Contreras Houston, TX I’m from San Antonio Texas, quite possibly the most acculturated city with majority Latinos in the US. Growing up there was always so confusing. I don’t speak a word of Spanish. I live with the fact that no matter who I’m talking to, I inevitably end up feeling guilty for […]
Alicia Velez Stewart Providence, RI I also could have gone with “Wow, you don’t look Puerto Rican,” or “You are too “white” for us.” My father is 100% Puerto Rican, my mother was an all American mutt (as she would say – Lithuanian, Irish and English). Even so, my last name was still Velez and […]
Margaret Koike Salinas, CA I live in an area with extremely high gang violence, including shootings, murders, and armed robberies.
Manuel J Bascuas Miami, FL In school, many years ago, I was taught that they were four: white, black, yellow and red. According to some government forms, now we have Spanish, Latinos, Asians, etc. They confused country of origin and/or cultural background with race. Under our skins we are all the same.
Alana Sutherland Washington, DC