Dear People

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ERIN MCKEON

Sofía Fernández Valdés is a sophomore at Clark University.

Sofía Fernández Valdés , Contributing Writer

Dear people: Why do we make it so hard to respect each other?                                               Dear white people: Who the fuck do you think you are?                                                               Dear white people: It’s Sofía, not Sophia. Dear white people: Yes I have two last names. Acknowledge them.                                                                                                                             Dear white people: My culture is constantly making us remember where we came from, unlike yours, that tries to forget and deny it.                                                                               Dear white people: Yes, I know you can tell I’m not white, although maybe the color of my skin is.                                                                                                                                                   Dear white people: Don’t try to make me white.                                                                         Dear white people: Why are you so obsessed with me?                                                             Dear white people: Yes, I am loud, and yes, I love dancing, but that doesn’t give you a reason to stare at me all the time.                                                                                                   Dear white people: Who gave you permission to mock my culture?                                       Dear white people: Don’t identify me with my race or my ethnicity unless I tell you to.       Dear white people: Who told you it was okay to mock my ethnicity?                                       Dear white Americans: fuck you!                                                                                                    Dear white people: Why do you look at me like I’m going to hit or rob you?                        Dear white people: you make me want to hit or rob you!                                                             Dear white people: Why do you like to pretend your life is so hard?                                       Dear white people: Try living in a place where you cannot express the way you actually feel because of the language barrier.                                                                                                     Dear white people: Yes, I have an accent, don’t be rude about it. Dear white people: I’m bilingual, get over it.                                                                                                                          Dear white people: Who gave you permission to use and treat me like I was your property? Dear white people: Try living in a place that when being introduced they say your name and where you are from with a fake, mocking accent.                                                                       Dear white people: Try living in a place where you will never fit in.                                       Dear white people: What authority you think you have to be able to call me a Spic?         Dear white people: DO NOT EVER CALL ME A SPIC AGAIN.                                                Dear white people: I will not tolerate any derogatory term used towards me or any of my Latino brothers and sisters.                                                                                                             Dear white people: I will not shut up and accept your racism.                                                    Dear white people: Thanks to you I now know and completely understand how racism works.                                                                                                                                                   Dear white people: I feel so bad for my African American, Asian American, and Native American siblings.                                                                                                                              Dear white ally: Thank you, more please!                                                                                       Dear white ally: Never forget you will never understand how I feel.                                      Dear white ally: Thank you for acknowledging that you will never understand.                 Dear white ally: Thank you for having my back. ◦