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My parents believed hiding what they are, speaking their native language softly so no one heard, was the ticket to acceptance in America.

On many levels during that era of the 1980’s in Chicago, they were right.

It was only as they watched the 1992 Los Angeles riots unfold on their TV screens s that they began to understand how the established power structure would allow Black and Brown communities to burn in pain alone.

They started to understand that speaking softly meant they choose when to listen.

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