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.
Hi, my name is Ariana!
I was born in Santa Cruz and have lived here the majority of my life.
Truthfully, I never realized why people looked at me the way they did. I was ignorant to the blatant racism in my hometown. I did not understand why I was looked at or treated differently but I always knew I was. Whether it was from my classmates or random strangers, you can feel the difference of treatment.
Growing up as a mixed kid in Santa Cruz was difficult to say the least. I was not prepared for the harsh reality of Santa Cruz’s passive aggressive racism and micro-aggressions. It was overlooked on my parent’s part to not give me the talk, that you will be stereotyped and discriminated against in your own town based off the amount of melanin in your skin.
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 on a daily basis.