This week on The Afrolatina Show (Ep. 04) we talk about the many ways we are told that we do not belong.
y mami me dijo que yo soy su niña bella
con el Pelo Bueno.
That I have that “GOOD hair!”
Which must mean I don’t get discriminated against…
And that I really pass for white…
We are taught to the hate the skin we were born in
That our hair is bad…
That hers is preferred
She is acceptable
De buena presencia……
esa si parece gente…
A true beauty
Because my wide hips
These large lips
The kink in my curl
Is seen as UGLY…
A lot is expected of you when you are told that you have good hair…
You’re the one who’s supposed to save the entire family…
It’s not your place!!!
Go back to your country!!!
I often wonder why mami y papi even came to America…
For opportunity – they said
for a better way of life – they said
to raise a family – they said
para mejorar la raza… they said
I mean mejorar la vida… they said…
because where they’re from…
life is hard
where they’re from
poverty is found in the growling of stomachs…
leaving mangos y cocos
for brick and constant struggle
Speak English this is AMERICA!
learn their language
only to deport our own
They made this land home
A place that doesn’t want us
stripping us from our native tongue
they could never take the afrolatina from my veins
The bachata from my step
You can’t get rid of us…
we built this!
By Alicia Anabel Santos
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