Blended Bridge aims to connect the community of individuals who oftentimes feel like their identities have gotten lost in the middle. Most importantly, our goal is to create a safe, inclusive community that welcomes every individual for who they are and what they identify as. Whatever that may be.
The role of a bridge is to serve as a connecting or intermediate route or phase between two adjacent elements, activities or conditions. Likewise, Blended Bridge serves as an intermediary between our differences in an attempt to allow us to better understand one another. By highlighting the ways in which we are all wildly different, yet inadvertently the same, Blended Bridge aims to Bridge Our Differences.
Hi, my name is Esabella!
Growing up black, in a predominantly white town oftentimes had me feeling misunderstood. For as long as I can remember I have always been labeled as “too smart” for the black kids and “too dumb” for the APUSH white kids.
When I was younger, my dad attempted to talk to me about the ways that my skin color would impact my life and I completely blew him off. I didn’t understand how a light-skinned female like myself would ever experience racism. I was blessed to had been so naive up until that point. That was my own privilege. However, unfortunately, my experiences from that point forward proved my innocence wrong. To this day that conversation lies at the very top of my biggest regrets list.
Being biracial has blessed me with the ability to see issues through multiple lenses due to my ability to connect with others. On the flip, it’s often exhausting feeling like you get caught between two very different places. I created this blog as a way to connect the community of individuals who oftentimes feel like they’re identities have gotten lost in the middle.
Originally born in Santa Cruz, living throughout the Bay Area, and returning to Santa Cruz as a preteen; I have an enormous amount of experience living alongside different ethnicities and cultures. In hindsight, I realize how beneficial that experience is to my worldly view.
Being of mixed race, I have never quite fit in. Being partially white, I was seldomly accepted by my white counterparts. On the other hand, not speaking Spanish was a barrier when it came to finding my community. Having Indigenous ancestry, yet completely disconnected from traditions and family. Sometimes still unsure of where I fit in, I am encouraged and inspired to create inclusive spaces and collective communities for those like my younger self, unsure.
While doing my self-work through different modalities, I quickly realized as a collective we must prioritize self-healing and self-transformation. I firmly believe by healing ourselves it will bring our communities together to ensure we collectively raise our consciousness. While holding one another accountable, creating inclusive spaces where everyone feels seen, heard, and respected, will give way to produce local and global, sustainable change that benefits those who are often marginalized and unheard.
Oftentimes, I have struggled with understanding how to express myself when it comes to racial injustice and oppression. With this platform, I hope to help educate and bring awareness the racial injustices that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color face daily.