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  • Gie Santana shared a letter in the Group logo of What does representation mean to you?What does representation mean to you? group 2 months ago

    You Me & Chevy Caprice

    The Chevrolet Caprice (ka-pree-sh) is a full-sized automobile produced by Chevrolet in North America from 1965 to 1996 model years. Full-size Chevrolet sales peaked in 1965 with over a million sold. A million sold!
    Chevy Caprice has classic, timeless, and phenomenal beauty. You ever been in awe of a classic car? When one passes you by you are always enthralled to look, gasp, or take a picture for keepsake? Even the name Chevy Caprice has a nice ring to it, and you just know based off the look and frame it will be amazing. It represents luxury, dedication, grand nostalgic times and is widely sought after. The value and appreciation soars with each restoration. The Chevy Caprice, a fine look of representation.

    I have a look, one that has been mocked, mimicked, made fun of, and mushed.
    Yes! Mushed!
    You know when someone takes their hand and places it upon your forehead and proceed with that “gone head now” behavior?
    Oh, how I’ve been mushed!
    Mishandled, misused, misunderstood, and misread in a room full of scholars. I’ve been misled.
    I’ve tiptoed around still holding on to hope that I wouldn’t be misinterpreted. The lectures that leave my lips are often misquoted and I’ve been told I use my pen to write words that are mis ordered.
    I ordered a representation shake without a side of cultural and racial divides and a hot baked realization cake. I wanted to be labeled “please take one” too and “handle with care”. The representation I felt was anything but fair.
    Then, I thought I was a mistake. The way I was representing myself, I thought the world around me was the bigger stake. The reward, with a plot twist treat, I missed Thanksgiving that year, I didn’t want nothing to eat.
    I’ve been missing myself so much I watched vivid imagery of me behind the scenes of my own life.
    This is a black woman’s story, no TLC, a lifetime achievement award, I should own plenty.
    I am a proud African American.
    Increasingly proud!
    Even though when I speak my voice don’t always boom as loud.
    I growl.
    I meow
    I slither and sometimes depending on my food intake I am a cow!
    But a Black Woman I am… Wow

    I often lay speechless of the constant misrepresentation of the human species.
    Be courteous, poise, polite and practice neatness.
    But what shall I do, if when I turn on the tv all I see is the ‘who’s who”, one of those guys and a whole lotta of you who’s?
    Representation matters to me too!
    I wish to see more inclusivity of the enormous amounts of creativity. Let it blossom from every tv screen, rich in color, live in dramatic wedding scenes.
    And I wish for justice to be served on the first string, when the call to protect is answered its answered on the first ring.
    Did you know I have 68 locks in my head? Each one tells a nonfiction saturated story from each leading root of red.
    Or the sea of blue, either way you understand where I’m leaning too. I want someone on each team to look like me too.
    From The little girl in me, with the bright eyes and big buck teeth, unhappily traveling throughout life like ever changing like leaves, imperfectly perfect like Eve, and timeless like a Chevy Caprice, please know it will take YOU to make sure you are represented well with peace and dignity. Please don’t leave the representation of those without mirrored remedy. Please don’t worry about the color of your skin please don’t struggle if you don’t feel right within. Do represent all is you. Happily, and free.
    Representation matters, its classic, timeless, looks like you, me, and a Chevy Caprice.

    “Distribute this letter into every space… I hope to change the world one letter at a time.”
    -Gie Santana

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    • I am sorry you ever felt misunderstood or misrepresented, this is so powerful and so poetically written. I love this part, “I wish to see more inclusivity of the enormous amounts of creativity. Let it blossom from every tv screen, rich in color, live in dramatic wedding scenes.
      And I wish for justice to be served on the first string, when the call to protect is answered its answered on the first ring.”

      Thank you for sharing your voice, your story and your power.

      Lauren

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      • Thank you Lauren 🙂
        I’m so glad it resonates with you. I have found my voice within my pen and platforms such as this one will make a difference in this world. This is a gem and a safe space and I’m thankful for it!

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    • Gie,

      Let say this before anything, I love this letter. The way you wrote about something that causes me great pain to see such amazing people misunderstood or misrepresented is inspiring. I know how it feels to be misunderstood but on a different plane than what you’ve felt. These words you’ve shared prove that you are so much more than those misguided ideals on TV and in a lot of places in this world. E Pluribus Unum is on every piece of the money in our country and it always breeds a little strife into me that for a lot of us, it simply isn’t true. Out of many comes one sounds great in translation but so many feel as you do. I’ve tried so much of my life to be inclusive of the many different people that make up the fabric of our society. I want you to know that I will never stop fighting for some of the very things you’ve written about. I too want to see everyone represented and to not feel left out or misrepresented.

      Oh and one last thing, I’ve been lucky enough to own a couple Chevy Caprice in my life. One was all rusty but still rock solid reliable, the other tried to team up with dehydration and kill me a couple years back but I loved it too. A fun fact for you is that the 90s Impala SS that is so sought after for collectors, is actually titled as a Caprice. Be like the Caprice and stay timeless and classic and don’t let anyone or anything tell you that you aren’t.

      Thanks for sharing this with us!

      Roger

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      • Wow, thank you so much for the kind words and added motivation Roger! I strongly believe that if we all ban together to attack the issues in a positive and loving light we can progress for sure!

        I love Chevy’s , super cool you’ve owned a couple of classics 🙂

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        • I love classic cars. Most of my summer Sundays revolve around different car shows. In fact I was just at one yesterday. I live in Ohio and I’m about an hour from one of the 4 Summit Racing retail stores which is amongst other things, a car enthusiasts paradise.

          I ended up selling the Chevy I couldn’t figure out and last year picked up one of the unicorn cars on my bucket list. I currently own a 1972 Volvo 164E which I have given the name Caroline. I wrote a letter here detailing that name process. It is one of the most unique pieces of automotive history because it features the first commercially available electronic fuel injection system used on every modern car today.

          You’re most certainly welcome. It is one of my goals to use some of my life’s experiences to help people feel represented in their writing here. A seemingly innocuous mention of a car I’ve owned drew out a couple memories within me and I was able to connect to your letter that much more. Please keep writing and sharing it with us!

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          • Thank you for the kind words Roger, my soul is full. 🙂 I love writing its what connects Me to the world and fuels the creativity. Keep cruising with Caroline. I know it’s a beauty.

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