As the lyric “Pa arriba esa bandera” replays over and over in my head, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the people who are paving the way in spaces that people like me were excluded from
But tell me again sir, is it still that hard for you?
It is the ghost of high expectations and standards, who preys on young girls and older women dressed in their Sunday best at all times, perfect little statues of success, discipline, and submission
As the Dominican Republic’s independence month approaches, I find myself still shackled by insecurity and doubt - even if the chains of my people were broken 177 years ago
That bubble I once grew up in is gone
I just want to be equal; nothing less, nothing more
The stark contrast in how our society treats women and men
My journey of embracing my identity as a Dominican-American
My journey of acceptance as a Dominican American teenage girl
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