Growing up, I didn't know who I really was. People thought that just because I'm a "Chicana","Mexicana" that I didnt belong here.Throughout my life, I have been keep away from my culture from my people,but most of all, I have been keep away from myself. People should be proud of who they are and where they come from accept their skins, our way of speaking because we are all the same. We should all be treated equally no matter were we come from.
Through out my high school education, I have only learned American culture.My history teacher in high school would never teach us the American culture they would only mention African Americans struggles I'm not saying that they shouldn'y mention their strugles they went threw,but at school they never mention anything not even one fact about the Mexican culture. It seems like after a while we forget our language,and our culture it's sad but we can't never forget were we come from our language. Thoughout all this years it seems like were never going to be welcome here. People always judge us. To everyone were corogized as "Aliens" "Wetbacks" "Beaners" "Gang Bangers." It seems like the names for us are never going to end. When were all the same no matter what color of skin we were born with . We just come to work to have a better future,and give our family's a better life that they can't give them in Mexico or an any other place. Some words that we say in my Chicano Latino Studies are the above. As well as a poem that Juan R avita wrote is just the reality of our lifes. People might tell us as many names as they wish to,but we know we are not nothing of that. you are my other self
If I hurt you, I hurt my self
If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself.
As Juan R. Avitia say: You said I was lazy cause no attention I PAID yet the truth was, I was afraid
I was confused and no one I could FIND
Who understood me at your racist SCHOOL
the place where they treated me as...