As a Hispanic-American woman of Immigrants, there are expectations and mindsets that are put upon me that I have no control over. It has taken a while to understand but I understand that now. On July 26th 2019, I was on my way to an interview when an older gentleman from the Dominican Republic kept eyeing me. I had my headphones on, but something told me to take the off when he asked me if I was Dominican.
I am no parent. I do know what it means to raise my nephews and niece. I’d like for their parents though, to be the most informed parents they can be to raise their kids well. Native New Yorker or not, education is a right to be utilized by all. As a child of immigrants I am proud to be educated, but unfortunately, I am disillusioned with how some utilize their platform of education to dissuade others from making decisions that help the young thrive.
In the midst of the political, religious and economic issues that plague our everyday lives, there is another issue that requires attention: educational equity. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts on Spotify called The Daily. For those who don’t know what I’m referring to, The Daily is political podcast that focuses on local and national political issues from The New York Times.On April 2, 2019, in NYC, headlines were made about specialized high school admissions. It was stated that out of approximately 850 students that were accepted to specialized high schools, about seven or nine of them were African American. This led me to revisit old memories about my own encounters with specialized admissions and discuss whether it requires a major overhaul, and if so, how can it go about.
I found myself staring at bottle brand, Philosophy.
Hello, Vocal family. My name is Kathleen Blanco. I am anxiously awaiting your acceptance into your world of writers. So, with no further ado, here it goes.