All the Mexicans here are Black.

Jessica Laursen
San Diego, CA to New Orleans, LA

When moving from San Diego to New Orleans as a teenager I realized the jobs held predominantly by Mexican-Americans in Southern California were performed by African-Americans in the south. Jobs such as janitor, yard maintenance, cook. I began to realize how incredibly complex social “status” is. That it is an intricate mixture of culture, environment, education and opportunity; not race alone. And in that, how we are more similar than different.


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