New York, NY.
All my life, I’ve been told that I’m not “really” Latina because I don’t speak Spanish fluently (which is ridiculous). Who are you to tell me who I am and who I’m not? I grew up in a mixed household (Ecuadorian mother and Polish father) where Spanish was not spoken frequently. Therefore, I did not pick up the language as I would have liked to. However, I still strongly identify as being Latina and nothing you say can take that away from me. I do have to admit though that it’s disheartening to hear these sentiments from fellow Latinos because it creates an unnecessary divide. I intend on learning the language, but until then, please give me a break.