Chican@

To Exist

My Brown skin means fighting to be heard.

My Brown skin means fighting to be seen.

My Brown skin means fighting to be known.

Do you hear the screams and cries of my Brown skin in cages?

Or are they drowned out by the color of our faces?

Did I do something wrong?

Why are you taking my mom?

Please remove the shackles on my feet

I can’t stop the bleeding- I promise to stop screaming

My Brown skin means fighting to be heard.

My Brown skin means fighting to be seen.

My Brown skin means fighting to be known.

Can you see the warrior in me?

Or are you afraid of what I can be?

My papi told me this dicho

“If you work really hard you will be accepted by the people”

He said it worked for mi abuelo

I think his name was Bracero

My Brown skin means fighting to be heard.

My Brown skin means fighting to be seen.

My Brown skin means fighting to be known.

Is my Brown skin not worth the fight?

After all, you taught me how to write

I read the books that you gave me

Now I can see why you hate me

My back is not wet

You stole this land- I hope you didn’t forget

My Brown skin means fighting to be heard.

My Brown skin means fighting to be seen.

My Brown skin means fighting to be known.

We are more than the beans and rice in your tortilla

Can you hear me and mi familia?

I will no longer walk this land invisible

I am led by my ancestors and their espiritu

I am no longer afraid to claim who I am

Porque mi barrio has a plan

My Brown skin means fighting to be heard.

My Brown skin means fighting to be seen.

My Brown skin means fighting to be known

Para mi gente ya no llores

Nosotros somos un jardín de flores

Aquí viene el día

They will hear us…

They will see us…

They will know us…