Nothing’s worse than your primos teasing you because you can’t speak Spanish as well as they do. Well, Angelica knows this feeling all too well.
I recently read a book called “Border-Line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting,” edited by Robyn Moreno and our very own Editor in Chief Michelle Herrera Mulligan. It is a collection of essays by Latina writers sharing their personal Hispanic self-identity experiences. One essay in particular hit home with me “Se Habla Español,” by Tanya Barrientos. She talks about her struggles to learn Spanish, how she didn’t share the same experiences as other Latinas growing up, and how she didn’t feel she had the right to call herself Latina because of those reasons. Her words could have been my words. At the end of her essay she asks other Latinas like herself to come forward and admit to Spanish challenges and to rightfully proclaim their Hispanic roots.
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