I have parents who go through oppression . . .
R, age 13 – Migrant Youth Leaders
I have parents who go through oppression. My mother is an extremely intelligent woman who is oppressed to both take care of the house and work because she is a “woman.” She wants to be educated, but is neglected by the ghost of words that tell her she can’t. My father is a man who lives in the past, a place in which girls are slaves of men, and men of society. No matter what we say it’s hard to change. But we have a chance. I am a girl who knows she is capable . . .
Written in response to a prompt asking the youth to write about a future in which life has somehow changed. The students had been discussing a scene from Alan Haehnel's play, "The Long View."