East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

My community doesn’t define me

What stands out to me about my identity is that I am very ambitious but I came a long way for that to happen. I once did not care about school and was getting into some police problems.

In freshman year, I would never come to school so my grades were poor. But I changed my life around which took a lot of work for me to come this far and to be proud of where I am now.

I use to live in Boyle Heights, but recently moved to Monterey Park about three months ago. Living in Boyle Heights to now Monterey Park, they are very different from one another. But I honestly don’t think my community has really impacted my life. My community is just a place where I live in, doesn’t really define who I am and what people assume who I am just because of where I come from.

The only connection I have with who I am and my community is hard-working. The people of Boyle Heights are hardworking because on my way to school I would see people waiting for the bus or on their way to work.

You can’t live a life here without having a job because everything has a price to it. Not many people have an education so the only option they have is work, work, and work to support their family.

A suggestion I would have for city planners are to make more murals or design buildings in a way for the taggers to stop writing in the walls and making the community look ugly.


  • Reply emotionsoflife2016 February 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Enjoyable read, thank you for sharing

    Liked by 2 people

  • Reply Douglas Campbell February 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

    You are indeed part of your community. Ask yourself where your values come from. Compare your values with those of your parents and grandparents, and then compare them with your Hispanic and non-Hispanic peers. Compare them with the overall ethos of your community. I think you will find that your community is better than you think. Taggers may be of your community, but do not define your community — they, like any other criminal, prey upon the community of which they are a part. For, if you look at all those hardworking people, how many of them tag? As for murals and such, that’s your job, and no city planner is going to make a mural that speaks to your community like you will. But be prepared for an awakening — the taggers will not respect your mural, any more than they respect anything else in your community.

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    • Reply Cody March 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      I don’t believe it’s anyone’s place to tell someone whether or not they are truly members of their community, regardless of where they live.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Reply unclesmrgol March 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        This is the comment area of a the Los Angeles Times — a major newspaper — and it’s rather hard to quash conversation here, no matter how one tries.


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