They cut the lion’s mane!

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A poem.

Creative Voices

By Julissa Castro Ruiz / Matthew staff

Colorism is derived from the word Color and Racism, which is a noun defined by Merriam-Webster as “prejudice or discrimination favoring people with lighter skin over those with darker skin.” Plot Twist: Colorism is not a noun but a verb that has taken the lead role. 4a, I was bestowed a crown the moment I was born. A Charral according to my Mother. Question: If my hair is a charral and not a crown, and my skin shapeshifts every season, what should I do? My Work: 3c, the heat while bad for my skin, good for my hair, hair straight. Almost pretty. Let me try again: I tried to become “Latina,” but I was not tan enough nor white enough, my hair wasn’t straight enough or curly enough. My work: 3b, you can become socially acceptable, you have potential, they said. In other words: there are creams and products. Una India despeinada. India pero Bonita. My Work: 3A, almost there. Sunscreen, flat iron, keratina. My work: wake up, do my hair, do my make-up, the foundation never dark, never dirty. My People: 2b, can’t find my reflection. I am not Black nor European, nor Lenca or Tolupan. I do not know my people. My enemies: Telemundo, Univision, Miss Universe, tall, white, blond Latinas, I need to be them. Remix: My roots making a comeback. My work: Cut it, cut the lion’s mane. Question: Can she be reborn again? Can she regain her crown?