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