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Don’t Call Me Puerto Rican, I’m Ecuadorian

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When I was in 7th grade, our principal asked me, my best friend Tatianna, and another friend if we wanted to ride on a float in the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The three of us had the highest grades in the entire 7th grade, and since we were all Hispanic, we were given this opportunity. […]

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The ‘N’ Word: It Just Slips Out

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“What’s up, niggaz?” “You crazy nigga, you buggin’!” “See you later, niggaz!” That’s the way my older brother and his friends used to talk to each other. I think I was around 7 when my older brother became my center of attention. He and his friends sounded so cool, and that strange, interesting word “nigger” […]

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She’s Cool, She’s Funny, She’s Gay: My Favorite Sister

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When I was younger, I never really cared about what other people had to say about homosexuals. But ever since my sister Sonia “came out of the closet,” I’ve been defensive about the topic. Now I can’t let the dumb remarks I hear about gay people go by without commenting on them. Now, every time […]

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