Amy Huerta continues...
"In regards to the murder of George Floyd, it is devastating to see how the same discriminatory actions continue to happen. I worry things will still not change. That racism and discrimination is so entrenched it will take another generation or two for the real change we need. That angers me and has for a long time. I have definitely been more agitated and question things more, including myself. Just two years ago I started to have conversations with my daughter about microaggressions because she was getting picked on at school and had comments made to her about certain stereotypical characteristics of Latinas. I know they are kids, but those comments came from somewhere and are not OK.
When the news of George Floyd hit, my daughters knew there would be some action. They had fear, naturally, that people would get hurt, and at the same time were angry he was murdered by a person who is supposed to help. We made signs and talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and why those words are important. We talk about their memories and feelings when they hear and see stories about the border and how so many people seem to hate immigrants and people with brown and black skin. They wonder why. And it is so hard to explain.
I have had anxiety since I was little so worry is a natural state for me, but the last few months have brought forward even more. I worry about how distance learning is impacting youth. We already have grave disparities, and not enough opportunity for diverse learners, and distance learning took even more away for so many. Social connections are essential for learning. We lost that for months.
For a family like mine, a solo parent, working 16 hour days, with two kids at home who need help... It was beyond hard. It did not work for us. We were frustrated. I didn't have time or support and I was worried if I failed at my job I would lose it, and I, like too many, am just a months salary away from losing everything. That is just the reality for me and many others. And that brings stereotypes and stigmas to a family like mine. Another statistic that just fuels a narrative that is detrimental and not right. "