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Our Proud Nopalization Encounter

You might shut the door on our nose but our color stands out

By Lisbeth Espinosa & Carmela Vasquez
Published on LatinoLA: December 5, 2003


Our Proud Nopalization Encounter


Our Proud Nopalization Encounter

?Do we really fit in??

WE ARE HERE!!!!

Don?t make it easier on us,
by showering your pity.
We want to learn all the
knowledge this institution has to offer.
But we won?t give up our
native language
let it be
Spanish, Calo, Spanglish, Nahuatl.
We are not embarrassed
of the culture that our color represents.
We won?t assimilate.
We are educated.
But
we are not going to give up
la musica ranchera,
dancing to salsa music,
eating frijoles de la olla con jalape?os curtidos.

WE ARE HERE!!!!
It?s hard when you
give more than 100% in academia
and you?re still not perceived
as the person that received
a quality high school education.
We work harder
because
we have to constantly prove
that
as people of color we can graduate from the
University of California system.
We don?t want to be another failing statistic.

WE ARE HERE!!!!
You might shut the door on our nose
but our color stands out.
We can?t hide from you.
We are not going to give up.
You will always see us here in college.
Listening to mariachi music,
Drinking caf? con canela,
Eating our tacos de carne asada.

WE ARE HERE!!!
This is our dream
our parent?s desire
our grandparent?s fantasy.
Make room for us? cause
we always bring our family.
We?re like a turtle carrying
it?s home on it?s back.
We might go through
hell
while trying to understand
Plato and Socrates
all these ?so-called knowledgeable theorists?
that don?t tell you how real society functions.

WE ARE HERE!!!
Our advantage in life
is
that
we know
how to survive in society
we don?t need theorists
to tell us
the truth
about
our day to day life
while
constantly striving to be
who we are!!!

WE ARE HERE!!!

c/s Lisbeth Espinosa & Carmela Vasquez
UC, Santa Cruz, Stevenson Coffee Shop, Post-Affirmative Action? 98









About Lisbeth Espinosa & Carmela Vasquez:
Lisbeth Espinosa, Xicana poet who aspires to be an attorney. Carmela Vasquez, Xicana poet and mother who aspires to create a home for Latina women who are abused. Las Girlfriends Publication
lasgirlfriends78@yahoo.com http://www.lasgirlfriends.com





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