My Ancestors’ Mission to Lighten Our Bloodline Ends With Me
My kin may have erased themselves, but I won’t erase them. Just as I may be their wildest dreams, they are also mine.
I know they’re here. Come on.
I’m white, like my Almanda.
needed me to bring them home for her
When my mother shares that my birth father was half Black, Abuela will quiet her voice and respond, “No one will ever know.”
I’m white like my great-granddaughter
J. Amanda Sabater is a Puerto Rican essayist, filmmaker, and co-owner of NextRound Productions, a minority and women owned video production company based in NYC. She is passionate about elevating BIPOC voices in literature and film and was also a featured speaker at [email protected] where she spoke about body positivity and the power of vulnerability and female friendship. Follow her on instagram @asabater.
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