My grandpa, the Jamaican one, he was born there obviously. He came to the U.S. for work because he didn’t want to be stuck in Jamaica. He knew that if he stayed there he would not have a good life and growing up he knew that all the well off people of Jamaica moved to New York. They worked for a really long time and then they moved back to their homeland so that’s exactly what he did. He actually worked on the Twin Towers.  

On my other side, I know that my great-grandfather was white and my great-grandmother was black. They were the first black family on their neighborhood in Detroit which is kind of weird. You wouldn’t think that now. They were the cool family because they were mixed.

They didn’t come to the United States for a good life, they were born here. So they didn’t have to go through a struggle of how are we going like get our family here, America this, America that, the American Dream. They didn’t have to do that because it was kind of their reality already. They lived it. So it wasn’t a hard struggle for them. Whereas my grandpa, the Jamaican one, he knew that in order for him to have a good life, he basically had to be an immigrant and being an immigrant is what made him who he was because in Jamaica he wouldn’t have to work that hard. He worked his ass off in New York but he knew what he had to do so he did it. – Tierra