SW 697

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My Story

Hey, all! Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog (even though you have to). I’m eager to spend another semester with you all and to continue to learn from you and the experiences you bring to the table as we navigate the challenges of entering, engaging, and exiting communities and social systems.¬†Below, I’ve written more of an introduction of myself in the form of a poem– I love reading poetry, but don’t write too much of it, so no judgies.

What You Need to Know 

Do you want my resume

or do you want to know the real me?

Which do you find more relatable?

Who do you want me to be?

I can be the

intersectional-feminist-queer-poetry-loving organizer

or the

beer-tea-coffee-drinking listener

or the

waitress-bartender-outgoing-chill friend

or the

Cards Against Humanity-basketball-Boggle-tennis player

Just let me know

Which “me” you want to know.

But for now, here’s what you need to know:

I am from Des Moines, St. Louis, Manila.

I certainly left my heart in St. Louis.

I am a twin of a karaoke DJ sister, a daughter of a strong mom, a partner of a badass woman.

I am queer and I am Catholic, and yes, I don’t fit quite right in either space.

I want to organize communities because of the oppression I’ve seen in my town;

The whitest white I’ve ever known is the contrast between me and Mike Brown.

Since then, I’ve worked to undo the racism in me

And the ways I see that in my society

Social justice will not reign until the day

When I know just because of the color of my skin I won’t get away.

We are all criminals, you know, so let’s talk about why

I get to be free to go.

Of course, there’s more to explore than only our skin

Let’s get into the double, triple, quadruple burdens of oppression

Placed on my queer trans Black friends

because we don’t have time to not.

These people cannot be an afterthought.

As social workers, we ought to know more

about the ones they are talking about behind closed doors.

My friends are scared, and that’s why I’m in this fight,

because they wake up scared most days and nights.

And I’m not going to let them be scared alone

Now I’m scared too

Which is why I’m here: I want to talk

about all of this with you.