They See Me, As If…

By Nella Delva

I want to share a piece with you to give you a glance of my experiences as a Black immigrant woman on how they see me.

They see me as if:

My Black life is invisible

My Black life is disposable

My Black life is unworthy

My Black life is dispensable

They see me as if:

My Black life is unimportant

My Black life is replaceable

My Black life is insignificant

They see me as if:

My Black life is unbalanced

My Black life is disrespectful

My Black life is irresponsible

My Black life is untrustworthy

They see me as if: 

My Black life is worthless

But today I’m here to remind myself that:

My Black life is beautiful

My Black life is worthy

My Black life is resilient

My Black life is important

I remind myself that:

My Black life is strong

My Black life is loving

My Black life is understanding

My Black life is companionate

My Black life is forgiving

I continue to remind myself that:

My Black life is intelligent

My Black life is dependable

My Black life is loyal

My Black life is competent

My Black life is successful

AND BEYOND EVERYTHING ELSE I. am. HUMAN and my black life matters

I want to encourage everyone to be conscious of their professional and personal efforts to do better, act better and be a better person in their everyday lives so we can all protect, understand and empathize with black and brown people such as myself.

Black Lives Matter movement does not STOP after this protest is over, or after giving a donation, this movement is a conscious effort to remind ourselves that we truly matter.

And because we matter, let’s take a couple seconds to say their names:

George Floyd

Breonna Taylor

Ahmaud Arbery

Botham Jean

Tamir Rice

Trayvon Martin

Eric Garner

Philando Castile

Samuel Dubose

Sandra Bland

Walter Scott

Jordan Davis

Thank you everyone.

My name is Nella Delva, I’m a rising third year PhD student at Florida State University in the Biomedical Science Department.

Be safe, be conscious and be well.

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