White Washed Latina Woman Power

Emily Quinones,
Brighton, MA

I am, a long with my sisters, are the first of our family to not live on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. As a result of this, my mother and father white washed us so that we would fit into a world where Puerto Ricans were a minority. They would straighten our hair, send us to white schools and didn’t teach us much Spanish. However, they still held on to their culture throughout our lives but I often get it taken from me because I am not “Latina” enough because I cannot speak my own language. However, I am not “white” enough because my hair is big and curly and my skin is too tan. I am not sure where I fit in.

 

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