This shadow box represents 3 of my identities which are being a female, being Mexican, and being an older sister. When people look at me, they see a Latina girl who is proud to be who she is but put down by all the hateful slurs told by many racist people about the Latino community. A dominant narrative that many people may assume is that I am undocumented just because I am Latina and my parents are too. Another dominant narrative that people may assume is that I am a threat to society simply because I am a Latina living in Oakland, so they are quick to assume that I’m a bad influence and that I must be in a gang. I see myself as a young independent person who is HONORED to be a Latina feminist in the Oakland community. In my shadow box I show my counter narrative by putting quotes and pictures that are true to me, true to my family, and to my community. On the outside of my shadow box I have chosen to include dominant narratives that people assume about my community and my family because I think that it is important for people to know that those dominant narratives are wrong. Many people may believe that my community is a bad place but that’s because they only hear other people’s stories and choose to believe them. Also, many people might assume the same thing as our current president does about Mexican/Latino people.Tags: #EthnicStudies #Feminist #ShadowBoxes latina Life Academy of Health and Bioscience
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