By Daisy Hernandez
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We are both human, both equal, but my father does not acknowledge this. For my father even has the audacity to claim that he knows what it is to be a womon of color, because he used to have long hair in the sixties. As long as I can remember, my father has always been fascinated with womyn of color. He likes to flaunt money and power in front of these womyn. He thinks this makes him superior, more powerful, and more intelligent. So he chooses to date only womyn of color—these are the womyn he feels he can exploit.
My heart closes her church doors as the message comes on, press 7 to erase this message, press 9 to save. I am leaving you, you are leaving me. We fucked each other over. To give the details would violate confidentiality. Would violate us. S/he needed to leave friends behind, me included, to be who s/he needed to be. But we needed each other to survive. ” my lover asks. “One nightmare,” I say. One more person who I cannot work with, be in the same room, get gigs from each other, borrow cash or bathtubs, go shopping and cook food together, $2 fish in green curry and jasmine rice for both of us.
That’s usually the straight-up white lefty/queer thang. The coloredgirl one I read about in Chrystos, Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe Moraga said somethin’ more: that if the reason my bio-fam was killing me was because they were trying to destroy the brown, the poor in me, bleach out to American, I could run to the girls who were not trying to forget. I wanted that. I grew up surviving because I believed in that. It’s hard to let go. Makes perfect sense why. I’m a mixed brown girl, Sri Lankan and New England mill-town white trash, who grew up alone and starving hungry for a sane home.