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All I Knew Were Black and Brown People Who Spoke Spanish....

My name is Ariana Baerga. I was born and raised in the Bronx. My parents, Edgardo and Leonice came to the states from Puerto Rico for a "better life." Growing up, I identified with being a Latina/ Boricua one hundred percent. My family are descendants from the Tainos, something we were taught to be very proud of. I was the first generation in my family to be born in the states. ​ We spoke Spanish at home, ate arroz con gandules, listened to El Gran Combo and I didn't know English until we learned it in school. All I knew were black and brown people who spoke Spanish. It was my normal. It wasn't until I moved to the south when I was 16years old. People would look at me weird and in awe if I s

 
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