She [a Costa Rican waitress] said, ‘You the negress’, in Spanish, to my mom. I remember not understanding. I remember watching my mom get really angry and really upset. Then I watched her transition from being angry to being embarrassed.
I went to a small liberal arts college in the middle of nowhere - Moorhead, Minnesota. … It was 15 kids in the class. It was just different. In that one moment, in that one class, it was just me [only person of color].