Ivonne Marie Quinones
English Comp I
April 19, 2013
The True Story of History
History is the story of our past, our family, and who we are. I believe history is identity because it is what makes us who we are. We all have a different stories but we all have something in common. History almost never has a happy ending, but it could have a better out come over time. There are memories of pain, suffering, hard work, and discrimination that are based in our life. I am Latin American but there is more that meet the eye.
My family comes from Brazil and the Dominican republic. Both of my countries have a national slavery day that we celebrate with a lot of pride. My parents and grandparents are very humble people; very generous and warm hearted. They raised me with so much love and respect. But the number one thing that I have always remembered is equality. They always told me to treat everyone the same, or the way I would like to be treated; no matter what the color, or background was. My grandmother once told me "just because they don't share with you, don't stop sharing with them." I believe that always taught someone else a lesson, but I always knew to be different. My great grandparents were slaves at one point in their life, but the hunger to succeed was much stronger than the unwillingness to be owned by an American. I have never been happy about my family being owned by an American before and being treated like dogs, but I am not racist or holding a grudge I let go because there are bigger battles to overcome in life in the end. Leonard Pitts wrote. "Understanding the past provides context to understand the present and predict the future."(81). I believe that statement he wrote is very factual because history is identity; it is a true story based on your life background and what makes you today. We have to go through many circumstances in life that brings us to be better people, or worst. But it is up to ourselves to become better people...
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