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Sayndia Sando Event Response Paper 11/15/19 1. Some Identities I claim for myself are, African, Female, Funny, generous, mean (yes I can be both!) caring smart. I have run into a conflict were I was not granted my African identity. Even though I was born in the U.S, I had always considered myself African. But when I went to an African party with my mom and older sister, the people kept comment on our “american” accents saying, “look at these American kids, they sound just like their White.” Although I had nothing against white people, I was young at the time. So their tone of voice led me to be that this was a bad thing. I also experienced this hanging out with the older kids at the party. They were only a few years older than me, but were not born here, so they all had accents and kept interrupting me and saying, “shut up, American girl” and laughing. This made me really upset. This might have been that “self-threat” that Chugh talks about in her book. Since my African identity wasn’t being granted, I felt threatened as a person. 2. My reaction to the story about Sarah and Gita was that of complete understanding. I related to Gita’s experience so much!! (and fun fact: my middle name is Gita :-) This issue in pronouncing my first, middle (I go by Gita at home and middle & highschool) and last name is something I have faced throughout my ENTIRE LIFE! Whenever we had a sub, or a teacher was taking attended for the first time, I always knew they had reached my named when there was an awkward silence right after the last name they had called. The instructor would begin to stammer over the name, or attempt ONE SYLLABLE then ask, “how do you say this?” It got so bad, I started responding to the silence. Whenever they would pause, I would just say, “Here!” 3. Two headwinds in my life were my mother’s disability and huge responsibility at home as a caretaker of my siblings. I will not go into any details about the first headwind, but as for the

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