Yo soy Latina

Debbie Suarez at her home. Summer 2011. Photo courtesy of Debbie Suarez
Debbie Suarez at her home. Summer 2011. Photo courtesy of Debbie Suarez

By Debbie Suarez

You call me Black, Mulatto, African-American, Mixed

Pero ‘cha ‘cha

“Yo soy Latina!”

 

You ask “What are you?”

I answer, “A Homo Sapien”

Y

“Yo soy Latina!”

 

You tell me my nose is too wide,

My skin too dark

My hair too curly

So I can’t be Latina

Mira bruta

“Yo soy Latina!”

 

You tell me you don’t sound Spanish

I answer you don’t sound intelligent

So take a good look

“Pa’ que tu lo sepas,

Yo soy Latina!”

 

 

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