As much as I enjoyed my experiences in academia, entertainment, and the worlds of personal and spiritual development, I never enjoyed the unspoken requirement that I conceal my perspective as a Bronx born Latina to fit in. Even when I was among other People of the Global Majority there was a tacit agreement not to bring up race and ethnicity in ways that would make white people uncomfortable. It was an isolating experience that I didn’t question because I thought that’s how it had to be: assimilate or fail.
It was only when I claimed my identity as a Latina that I was able to share parts of myself that had long been obscured. And it was only when I began sharing these parts of myself with other People of the Global Majority, and exploring the role that white supremacy had played in the formation of my life and identity, that I began to find my voice.
Our culture is increasingly mixed and I believe it will grow stronger, more interesting, and more vital because of that. I also believe that it remains essential to provide spaces where writers of the Global Majority can be free from the pressures that come from white-centered environments and discover their voices undisturbed.