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A letter to My Children

Dear my future children,

There is a fear that rests between my lungs. I can feel it with every heartbeat and every breath I take. A fear of the unknown, a fear of the known, a fear so deeply rooted into my identity that I will selfishly pass it unto you. I will be the first to admit that I am scared.

The confidence I throw together at every waking moment is a facade to protect my pride from every white person I greet. A mix of anxiousness and anger. A poorly mixed drink of emotion that I swallow down daily and convince myself is a feeling I must endure in order to learn what it means to feel happy, to feel safe. There is a torched burden I wish to not pass down, therefore I have succumbed to writing