An open letter to my bullies – Keyanna Gotay

Dear bullies,

It’s been years since we last saw each other. You probably don’t remember me however, I remember you. You probably don’t remember what you said to me however, I do.

You called me all sorts of things, told me I didn’t know what I was and that I just “didn’t want to be Black.”

That I was a fake “Spanish” girl and that I was confused.

You never made feel welcomed and I never seemed to fit in with anyone.
However, a decade later I thank you bullies.

I thank you because the things you did and said pushed me to be proud of who I am, proud of my melanin and proud of my culture.

A decade ago I didn’t want to go to school anymore because of you bullies.

Now I’m weeks away from a degree.
A decade ago I wanted to completely erase the fact that I was “different”.

Now I’m proud to be different.

It’s been years since we last saw each other. You probably don’t remember me however, I remember you. You probably don’t remember what you said to me however, I do.

Thank you bullies for being part of why I am how I am.

Keyanna Gotay

 

 

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Keyanna Gotay, 22 year old born in the Bronx, NY to Garifunas from Honduras but raised in North Carolina is a social work major, entrepreneur and YouTuber. She uses her platforms to speak on Afro-Latinx issues, growing up as a black Latina and on her culture; Garifuna.
@mellamoyanna

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. saul arzu says:

    Keyanna. Let me tell you, that I am so proud of you, because you never let that the bad comments of your partner from kindergarden to the college affected your choice or your decision to climb the hill or the mountain and stook on it the Flag Of Your VICTORY. Congrat to you for the effort that you add or you puted in all of these years against the bulling, to taste right now your firstfruit of the well willing to your life. Welcome to the Hall of Winners.

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  2. saul arzu says:

    Keynna. Never forget that I Love You as A Lovely Daughter❤

    God Bless You like never before.

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  3. Dorka Blanco says:

    Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)
    28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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  4. I hear ya girl! As a Honduran Afro-Mestizo in the West Coast predominantly Mexican, I went through similar situations. #StayProud #StayBlack #StayUp

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