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You are not black; this doesn’t concern you!

“You are not black; this doesn’t concern you!” I have heard/ read that sentence so many times this past week, it almost seems meaningless. It wasn’t always meaningless. The first time I read that on one of those sketchy handles on twitter, I had to make some serious efforts to reach deep inside my brain and make sense of it. The y  were simple words, simple  grammatical structure; simple enough for an immigrant with English as her third language to comprehend otherwise but somehow, I didn’t understand. I didn’t understand if the person was being factual, assumptive, cruel, condescending or just flat out ignorant. I still don’t know the answer to that but what I know is, after having several episodes of knots in my throat trying to hold back my tears and then several episodes of letting it go and wailing, I AM A “PERSON” BEFORE A PERSON OF COLOR, PERSON OF GENDER, PERSON OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MARITAL STATUS, SOCIAL STATURE and whatever else tags along. This is one of the few times
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To my dear Hajurba!

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So she says !

“It’ll be okay”. She said with a stern voice while a piece of her was shrinking and dying. She had been crying! You could never tell. Thanks to her new found talent in make up. She had been reading quotes that said you can miss someone and not want them in your life ever again. Honestly, she was searching for a way to not think she is crazy.  Wars are terrible things. They destroy homes and lives and self esteem and hopes and what not but you know what’s worse? The war with yourself. The semicolon tattoos are popular for a reason! The push on the gas after you have hit the brakes at a red light on an uphill always requires an extra oomph unless you drive something other than a prehistoric Honda like myself. But the key is to push hard, to fight through the tears, to smile through the pain because there are other people that count on it.  She may be fragile and malleable, but when you carve it the right way, she will make monalisa look like a tramp. Every person has a story. Be ge