Junot Diaz’s Speech at 29th Hispanic Heritage Awards gives this brown girl life (even though I hate the word “hispanic”)

Watch the Full Speech Here

It reminds me of how beautiful we are.

“We survived everything this world threw at us. We survived wars, survived dictators, survived torturers and violence endless violence and borders all the damned borders and hunger and the loneliness of the newcomer to a new land. We survived the loss of home, the loss of family, the loss of languages. We survived no one knowing how to say our names and we survived not knowing how to say our own names. We survived our parents suffering and their silences and their scars that speak louder than the bombs that put them there, we survived our confusions about who we were in a country that only seems to speak black and white, and we survived not speaking English, not speaking Spanish, not speaking and the paperwork all that damn paperwork we survived that too. And we survived the ingratitude of the nation where we settled, the nation we help build and for whom we always die. We survived the infinite heartbreak that is the true story of immigration and we survived the agony of not knowing how to bear witness to that story and to our selves. And we survived the hate—the hate that never seems to die—that hate that pretends to be patriotism, that pretends to be security, that pretends to be leadership, the hate that won’t listen to reason, to morality, to compassion. We survived it all; we are the people who survive—We survived everything, survived even the surviving which is one of the hardest survivals of all and in the middle of all that surviving some of us even learned to live. Our story is an epic, a saga, an odyssey. We crossed continents, we crossed oceans and every time there was no way we made a way. We are the children of bridges –bridges made from our backs our tears our sacrifice and from all the ones who never made it across with us.”

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Author: gordilinda

I am the result of many crossings. A life-long Chicagoan, I am the daughter of a Puerto Rican father and an Ecuadorian mother, and my partnah is a beautiful Mexicano. My first tongue is Spanglish. I am the mother of 3 boys who are the sources of my greatest lessons in life (both joyful and anxiety producing). I work for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association--the most human community based organization I know. I have the privilege to work with young people to explore their own personal and collective power to subvert evil in its social/cultural and economic manifestations. !Fxck Gentrification, Viva Raza! I see beauty in mostly everything and believe we all are going through shit that we must get through in order to remember who we are (original goodness).

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