Since I started writing this blog, I’ve gotten a lot of mixed reviews. I have had POC tell me they love what I’m doing, that I’m telling OUR stories and there are others who have had some not so nice things to say. To them I just want to say that with exception to this post, THIS BLOG ISN’T FOR YOU-these stories, these experiences and this life I write about because I fucken live it, IS NOT FOR YOU. It’s for POC of all genders and gender identities. It’s for my friends and family who read these entries and say “shit I went through that too, I thought I was the only one.” It’s for my nieces who will read these one day and be reminded they are not the only ones feeling out of place in an environment that wasn’t made for them and that there is a way to overcome those feelings of inadequacy if we stick together. It’s for my parents who read this and are proud that their daughter isn’t afraid to speak her mind. It’s for my mom who shares this on her Facebook and reminds everyone that her daughter is beautiful and brown with all those Mexican letters! So I’m sorry non-POC this shit right heeeeerrrrreeeee? It’s not for you. (side note: if you don’t get this reference this is definitely NOT for you.)
It’s not for the guys who soon after I started this blog told me that I was “making up my struggle.” It’s not for the guys that made fun of me at that bar and said the words “Brown Girl Talks” using air quotes and a whiny voice. I’m not surprised you can’t relate to what I write about, even though it’s true, because you know what? This is not for you. It’s not for you to make the name of my blog into a joke and ask if I’m running on “Brown Girl Time.” It’s not for you when you look down on me from your privilege pedestal and have the nerve to tell me that I’m exaggerating. It’s not for you who think bringing up my experiences in a drunken conversation is OK. It’s not for you non-POC who try to compare our experiences to show me it’s not as bad as I’m making it seem. It’s not for you who think it’s ok to ask me if that’s what was said or if that’s just how I felt. It’s not for you to read, judge and think you know enough about my WOC experiences to form an opinion one way or the other. The only thing you accomplish when you guys do that is remind me that I have so much more story telling to do.
I remember coming home that night after the bar incident and feeling like these people I knew were laughing at me and making fun of this blog that I am so proud of. I remember feeling those familiar fears of inadequacy when I left the bar in a huff because I was fighting back tears of embarrassment because at 29 I felt 12 years old all over again. And, I remember thinking I’m embarrassing myself I’m taking it down tomorrow. I didn’t take this down though and BGT lives on, because soon after I realized I don’t care what you have to say because this blog isn’t for you.
This place is not for the guy that told me I should go back to writing about how much I hate white people after commenting on a link he posted on social media. It’s not for the people that call me a bigot because I call out people who don’t believe that under-represented populations deserve human rights. It’s not for you who tells me you can point out how I’m a reverse racist by looking at things that I’ve posted on my blog. It’s not for people who tell me I should take the high road when someone shits on my gender or race because that’s what you did and look at you now. This isn’t a I hate white people blog. This is a crush the systematic oppression, discrimination and patriarchy blog and if you happen not to be an ally for those causes then maybe that’s why you’re feeling offended. But guess what man? Then this blog isn’t for you.
This isn’t a place for you to tell me how I should have dealt with my past experiences and why that would have been better in your eyes. Maybe when you become a person of color you can have an opinion about how to deal with being the victim of racial oppression but until then, this place is not for you. Now at this point if you’re a non-POC (and you’re still reading) you might feel like “damn BGT what is for me? You’re not being very inclusive in this post.” To that I say, EVERYTHING is for you so please if you feel excluded right now, turn on your TV to any channel and see yourself and your ideas represented in any news or entertainment outlet because those are already all for you. So unless you plan on being part of the solution on how to crush the above-mentioned systems, this blog is still NOT FOR YOU.
I am not here for your judgment and opinions on how I’ve dealt with situations and why your way might have been better. I’m not here for what direction you think I need to take with this blog. I am not here for a non-POC telling me how I should and shouldn’t be living my life as a WOC so if that’s what you’re here for, please hit the “x” at the top of your screen because then, this blog is not for you. I’ll also direct you to read about your white privilege and how you all of those things are completely out of line but for now just remember, this is not for you.
This post and this blog however is for YOU. You, the person that is still reading. You, the person that read this and didn’t roll their eyes. You, the one who read these posts and said to themselves “who the hell says that?” in response to these stories. You, the non-POC who identifies and checks your privilege regularly and is part of this message of unity and diversity without belittlement, this IS for you. You’re an ally and for that I thank you because when I write, it’s for people like you too. But the rest of you who are still reading to see how this ends and think I’m dramatic and should stop snapping my neck when I talk, this blog and this post is STILL NOT FOR YOU.
(shout out to the amazing writer and the founder of Latina Rebels, Prisa Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez (Click here to check out her FB) who after one of these incidents I saw speak and she reminded me how important it was to tell my story, without her and my BGBF who was with me that night I would have stopped writing so to you both, this IS for you.)