Who I Really Am
I have done this Shadow Box where I show the counter narrative the truth about me who I actually am and what represents me. In my Shadow Box I have added two flags one is the Mexican flag and the other flag is from the U.S.A/California. I have added those two flags because it represents how my parents come from Mexico and I was born in Oakland, California which my gender identity is female which also makes me Latina. Many people assume a lot of things about me like; I’m weak, Latino/a are not good at school, or because my race is Latina, have Mexican blood I have to be a member of the Catholic religion, but those dominant narratives are incorrect. I’m a strong female I have pass by a lot of stuff that have been really hard for me to deal with. I represent myself as a Phoenix bird because I have been really bad/down but later on I’m already up, good enough to keep being in this world as the Phoenix bird does she reborns again and with her own ashes she stands up. That’s not true, about when people say “Latinos are not good at school.” I know it’s not true because twice I have gone to the Cathedral and there was only Latinos we were more than 50 students and I earned one medal and two diplomas. When people look at me, they see me really tall “you are tall as a giraffe” and tell me that I have to marry a Black guy because I’m tall. In my Shadow Box I have a picture where I’m with both parents, I decided to add that picture on my box because as you can see both parents are tall and both are Mexicans from the same place. So, that means that I can also find someone that is Latino/Mexican and not a Black man. I have chosen to include a picture of my religion “Mi Religion Es Yoruba” because as I said before just because my family is Mexican doesnt means that I have to be on the Catholic religion. I love my religion and I’m not shy to show the world what I believe on. But also I added a picture where there is God (Jesus) because in every religion there has to be God first and as my religion says without God’s permission we cannot do anything, God its first. I see myself as a vain person wich that’s my gender expression. I like to always look good even though for the simplest thing I like to look nice. I’m always wearing earrings, I like to wear sometimes necklaces, paint my nails, at least one bracelet, and some lipgloss, and I love bags . That’s why I have added on the corner of the box two lipgloss, bracelets, a nail polish and a little plastic bag. Many people assume that I’m that one girl that loves makeup, clothes, going shopping a lot but no, I’m that girl that loves animals, but I have more love to dogs. When I was younger I used to say that I would graduate and then I would be a veterinarian for I could help animals, but now I have change my idea. When I grow up I would like to graduate that’s why I have added on my box a picture where it says “Congrats Graduate” because I’m going to graduate and then I would like to work on a hospital helping people. As I said before, I have pass by a lot and a lot means I have been on the hospital a lot. I have gotten surgery two times, I broke my nose, and once I was going to get surgery again but I didn’t but I did stay on the hospital because they did something else. Everytime I go to the hospital I see people (parents) getting out of the hospital in wheelchairs with their babies and it makes me so happy to see them also a lot that I have been on the hospital not only one person or two go and see how I am more than two people go and see me and I’m really happy about that, that I would like to work on a hospital and help people as the same way other doctors, nurses have help me. So, the last two items I have added on my Shadow Box is shells and the other one are cups with a plate (comal) something like that with rice and beans. I added the shells because I like going to the beach with my family, there is one of the places I feel calm. And lastly I added food because a dominant narrative that I have heard a lot is that young females/teenagers we don’t know how to cook. But the counter narrative is that I do know how to cook with the help of my mom she have shown me how to cook her Mexican food which it´s really good. Also a lot of Mexicans always have to have at least some beans with rice to eat and mostly a lot of people have their ollas de barro.