“Coming Out” As Afro-Latina And Owning It —My Post On Popsugar

I never thought I would be “coming out” because I was never hiding. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, where identifying as simply “Dominican” was the norm — and still is, if you come from Latin America. When I moved to the United States 13 years ago, identifying as an Afro-Latina seemed redundant because, to me, being Dominican is synonymous with being of African descent.

I invite you to go check out my essay for Popsugar, Coming Out As Afro-Latina And Owning It, where I talk about my experience identifying as Afro-Latina in the United States, and the reactions I get from people when I do so. Also, why I think it’s important that we all learn to respect the identity of others. Coming out as Afro-Latina made me reinforce my belief that each person is the owner of their story and the ones who know their identity at the core. As humans, we are not here to define or label the experiences of others, we are all just in a joint journey in which respect, empathy and acceptance are necessary for all to live happily.

Click Here To Read The Full Essay 
Coming Out As Afro-Latina And Owning It
Over At POPSUGAR
 

 

Besides sharing my own personal experience with afrolatinidad, I want to leave you with this beautiful poem I love, from poet Elizabeth Acevedo that describes the Afro-Latina experience. Enjoy!

“Afro-Latina, camina conmigo

Salsa swagger anywhere she go

Como: La Negra Tiene Tumbao!

‘Azúcar!’ Dance to the rhythm 

Beat the drums of my skin

Afro-descendent, the rhythms within

We are the unforeseen children

We’re not a cultural wedlock-hair too kinky for Spain, 

too wavy for dreadlocks- so our palms tell the cuentos of many tierras: read our lifeline. 

Birthed of intertwine, moonbeams and starshine. 

We are every ocean crossed. 

North Star navigates our waters. 

Our bodies have been bridges. 

We are the sons and daughters.

El destino de mi gente.

Black, brown, beautiful.

Viviremos para siempre,

Afro-Latinas

hasta la muerte.

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