A Conversation between Lula and Aidan

Lula: They tell me to “Speak American”

Aidan: What do you mean?

Lula: The melting pot that turns everyone white and cuts out their mother tongues

Aidan: What do you mean?

Lula: The language of ancestors that cultivated, grew with, and grew on this land tortured by the tongue of a violent colonizer who knows nothing about the soil they walk on but every which way to burn it.

Aidan: What do you mean?

Lula: Speak the english tongue of power. No matter what I say, I never could and I never can. They say work hard. I labor in the sun, dawn till dusk, watching people sit in chairs. No for me to “Speak American” is to never speak at all. Lay down my life for this land I did.

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