By: Juan Gil

When people look at me they see my assigned identity which is being light-skinned and sometimes they think I am White. But my chosen identity is Latino, a Mexican. I have chosen to include the Mexico flag because that is a nationality that I am super proud of. I also chose to include a wall to show struggle, this is the type of struggle that made up my assigned identity being white. Which I refer to as a dominant narrative because nowadays all Mexican people are referred to aliens for crossing that wall. This then proves my next point of erasure because “supposedly” we are the immigrants but let’s not forget that Mexico owned most of the U.S but the U.S stole the land.

image_printPrint this page.


0 0 votes
Rate This Post
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
November 4, 2019 4:42 am

Hey Juan! I am a student at San Jose State University! I really connected to your shadow box because a lot of people do not think I am Mexican because I am light-skinned. What I found interesting was the wall that you included that represents a struggle. I enjoyed all of the Mexican objects that you displayed in your box.

October 30, 2019 6:42 pm

I’m a student at San Jose State University

I found it interesting that you included how many people think you’re white due to your skin color. I really liked how you included that you’re proud to be Latino, Mexican, and I like how you included the different objects that help represent you.

Youth Voices is an open publishing and social networking platform for youth. The site is organized by teachers with support from the National Writing Project. Opinions expressed by writers are their own.  See more About Youth VoicesTerms of ServicePrivacy Policy.All work on Youth Voices is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License


Email Call or Text 917-612-3006

Missions on Youth Voices
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account