by Evelyn Vidaca
Querida niña morena,
You are the scariest human being to ever exist
Because you were born with the wrong shade in your flesh,
And wrong socioeconomic background.
Black and brown bodies are being murdered around you daily
Your reproductive rights are hanging on the opinion of old white men
being gentrified by these hot shot corporations
Your homeboys and homegirls falling into the void of drugs
Your hood being polluted by the capitalist state
Your parents living
encerrados por miedo a ser deportados
And to top it off..having to live within these walls that separate others like you from the rest of the world
Yet here you are, standing without a quiver in your lip
Spitting at the face of oppression.
For that reason alone, you are extraordinary.
This is for you.
This is for every Brown Girl who has had her
pants on since day one of conception
And has only gotten bolder and louder as she has grown older.
This is for every brown girl who learned to value her voice and her independence
And does not back down from anyone.
I can make declarations of love in Spanish,
porque aprendí a amar en español.
And I can fight with my words unlike any other cabronx in English because I had to learn to fight,
To defend myself and to speak up for for those who couldn’t in that language.
Lengua de serpiente, le dicen.
Dear Brown Girl, if you have a split tongue, too, don’t be ashamed of it.
Porque aunque haya miedo, no nos van a callar.