A New Definition of the Term “Cowboy” Can’t Change Its Legacy
There are cowboys out there who echo the conquering-the-west narrative, one of entitlement and legacy and what he is owed.
Last December, when my upstairs neighbor was out of town, I received a Facebook message from her boyfriend around 11 p.m. “I’m watching A’s cat while she’s away,” it said. “Want to come up and have a beer?”
It’s late at night, I don’t know this guy, I’m alone, I shouldn’t.
He really needs my help, so I should help.
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When my Nai Nai asked me about the book, I felt compelled to tell her the truth: that I was scared, but that I was trying.
When I came to Laramie, I found the person I wanted to be. When I left, I took her with me.
I take off the effects of the day, the echoes of wind, sleet, and snow. I pamper my skin, urge it to replenish and heal. I am asking myself to brave another day.
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As a woman of color moving to Laramie, Wyoming, I was afraid that I wouldn’t fit in, that I would be unsafe. But at karaoke night at The Ruffed Up Duck, I found my place among the the defiant.
In this small town of Laramie, what you say matters. It gets around. The only way to combat the misinformation is to keep telling the truth.