Not all of our published pieces are artistic expressions and celebrations of being multiracial, multiracial perspective on life, love, politics, etc. or #MyLovingPortraits. Sometimes they’re about us just being able to connect with the Multiracial Community and knowing there are people out there who care.
When we first received this submission from Marisa Rodriguez, our assumption, based on the photo, was that it was a celebration of the love between mother and daughter—who are practically identical twins. As I read on, I realized it was both a tribute to her beautiful daughter and an opportunity for a woman to connect with the Multiracial Community in times of strife, illness, bad times and need.
How We Can All Do Our Part to Connect with the Multiracial Community
Times like these Alex and I ask if we—members of the Multiracial Community—can come together and offer support. Even if the only end goal is to let Ms. Rodriguez know we’re thinking of her. If you have any suggestions for how she can get out of her predicament, please use the comments section below or use them on Facebook or Twitter.
At the end of the day, we’re all simply people. While Alex and I do everything we can to celebrate the Multiracial Community through artistic expression, we also have a deeper purpose: for us all to connect with the Multiracial Community.
Please meet Marisa Rodriguez.
My beautiful daughter and me celebrating with her and her Big who received an award for Best Big in Texas at the BBBS Ice Ball 2017!
My name is Marisa Rodriguez and I am mixed with Mexican/Apache/Irish/Black cultures but I mostly identify with my Latina heritage. After all, I was raised this way by my mama whom we lost in June 2009.
I taught preschool for many years and then went back to school to become a billing specialist but then upon graduating I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Colon Cancer in November of 2003.
I had lost 60lbs in three months but I want dieting.
That same year, my daughter had just turned 5 yrs old and my mama was diagnosed with Hep C.
Now, I’m no longer able to work due to chronic pain issues, multiple falls, severe neuropathy and muscle atrophy. I need to find low-income housing as I won’t be able to renew my lease on my disability alone and quite honestly, I’m terribly frightened I’ll be homeless.
Thank you for listening.