Coconut. Brown outside and White inside.

Yvonne Rosenberg,
Sioux Falls, SD.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Tx. Raised by Mexican American Grandparents who grew up in a generation where Spanish was not spoken outside the home because of white America. In raising me, they refused to speak Spanish in the home. I was referred as a “coconut” by those of the Mexican community. Often shamed by those who spoke Spanish, which lead to me feeling ashamed and embarrassed. If even as an adult I get “the look” for not knowing my native language. Racism is also hard as work within our own race.

 

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