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People always assuming that I don’t speak English, or that I’m not Mexican enough because I don’t speak perfect Spanish all the time.

Name
Kristen Diaz
Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
I am a Latina from Mexican American ancestry but growing up it was difficult having this identity. Mainly because I grew up in a majority white elementary and neighborhood and there was no one else that shared my racial identity like me. I faced a lot of racism as a kid. I was called “wetback” “brown idiot” “outsider” and “alien”. At this time I was learning both English and Spanish at the same time and the administration decided to put me in ESL because I was one of the only people in the school that was bilingual and they couldn’t control my native tongue that I would have come to school with everyday. The administration tried to suppress my identity with the ESL program but I continued to prove my worth and so them I’m not the kid they think I am. I showed them in belong in the same classroom with the other white kids in my class and that I deserved to be learning beside them. Not exiled into a different room because of my identity.
What are the bad things you see on social media?
I often see Latinas are sexualized a lot in the media. And a lot of violence against Mexicans and racism toward people of my race, like we’re here to take Americans jobs and we’re criminals when really most of us aren’t. We’re just trying to live a better life in America when the American government is preventing it from us.
What are the hardships you go through?
People always assuming that I don’t speak English, or that I’m not Mexican enough because I don’t speak perfect Spanish all the time.
What are your goals in life?
To beat stereotypes and the prejudice people of color face, which is why I want to become a lawyer to fight for the people of color in this broken justice system that we have.
What would you do if you could change the world?
Again like I mentioned before I want to reform our justice system so then people of color aren’t prostituted because of the color of their skin and how people of color are treated in this world.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
Yes, right now I am working within my high school for fight against racism in a group called Students Organized Against Racism and we created a space for students to educate themselves about racism, equity, and identity but also create a space for our students of color that share their experiences with others and being our issues to the administration
What questions would you like me to make next for the new interviees coming to the website?
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