Wow! You speak Spanish so well.

Jorge Talamantes,
Azusa, CA.

Student ’15

I am a Latino man of Mexican and Cuban descent, so when people tell me that I speak Spanish well because I happen to have lighter skin and “can pass as a white boy”, I am offended that they relate skin color to race and ethnicity. My race and ethnicity is much more than the physical appearance of my body. I am more than just my physique. Like everyone else, my identity is made up of several different features. Spanish was my first language, and I am proud of it.

 

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