I will not be ashamed.
I love my accent. It wasn’t always that way. Not only did I have an accent, but my features and habits allowed me to stand out in all white classrooms in Massachusetts. I never kept count of how many times I heard the word spic or the phrase “go back to your country”, but I remember how I felt.
In 2016, where racism, and xenophobia are a trending topic and a United States reality. This poem is a piece to activate awareness, to speak on behalf of my beautiful people, and to promote self-love in a society where we often don’t receive the love or treatment human beings deserve.
Be unapologetic. Be a revolutionary. Be unashamed.
Listen to my latest short poem: