As a child, I identified myself as African American and when I became a teenager, I embraced the black Caribbean culture. I grew up in the 80s so Hispanics weren’t really present here in Danbury, not like today. As I got older and expanded my circle, I began to check the Hispanic box added to surveys. Why not? People would always say, “You got that good hair, whatever that is.” No one ever made any negative comments, at least not to my face." My favorite physical feature abou
My name is Demi and I'm from Waterbury, CT. My mother was born in Cape Verde Islands and my father was born in Puerto Rico. Growing up, I would mostly identify myself as Hispanic. Anytime I would mention that I am Cape Verdean, I would immediately get asked, "What's Cape Verdean?'
I always just avoided the question altogether. The biggest emotional struggle I had to face being a Blatina is being told I wouldn't make it because of my background. I was told by my advisor that