For a different take on recent American history–

Koyote the Blind

I am not an American.

I was born in the continent known as “America”, yes. But somehow this United States has given itself the name of the entire continent.

Ronald Reagan demoted the rest of this magnificent continent to the mere “Backyard of America.”

That’s when I came here, to the “land of the free,” when Ronald Reagan sent billions of dollars to military dictators so they could use the money to rape, torture, and massacre my people. I didn’t want to come here. Oh, how I hated coming to this land so full of restrictions, prohibitions, and people kept so ignorant of their own history!

Once I came here, almost no one I met knew where my country was. They all assumed I was Mexican. Except for Mexicans. They knew where I was from, and knew they couldn’t trust me because if I was from where I was, I…

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Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)


  1. It really hurt to read this. Thank you for sharing this with us. So often we don’t get the other side of the story, the story of those who are hurt by our ignorance and insensitivity. PBS News Hour is the only news program that I see with information about the nightmare lives refugees must endure. Thanks again for sharing this.

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    1. The credit goes to Koyote and others who face and overcome the hardships inherent in migration. Thanks for reading.

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