People shouldn't make money helping themselves.-Youth Profile on Tiny-

Tiny - Posted on 21 December 2021

By Akil Carrillo

 A National Conference

“The backseat of a car” The quick interview with Tiny started before I knew what was going on. I was seated on a wooden bench that felt as if waves constantly hit it. Starting things off I asked “Where are you from”. Tiny responded quickly “I have no regional pride, cause I've never had a region.Just me and my mom, we had nothing.” Tiny grew up in many places, everywhere and nowhere. She told me that early parts of her life was in LA and through it she's lived in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco so mostly California.


When I asked what is your current job situation, Tiny challenged the question by saying “People shouldn't make money helping themselves. What is work? Everything I do helps myself, my son and my family, my community and my beautiful ancestors.” For money she cares for elders in which she doesn't always get paid but she can always leave knowing she helped. She also gets paid sometimes to write stories for 48 hills .


“To unsell mama earth, end violence of evictions, un-pave the road to hell,  un-savioring and social working. and Homefulness the world to name a few.” It would take all day to list my goals, she says. Her demeanor had changed, before she was looking down, reminiscing. Now she looked up, her expression filled with determination. 


After asking her about her family she began to reminisce again. “I'm two different things that are in complete opposition” she explained how she's mixed with Caucasiuan/colonizer, African, Puertorican, Irish,and Roma. “I come from generations of broken and poor women who were healers and curanderas.” She explains how she has a natural gift to perceive energy and spirits.


I learned a lot from Tiny’s story, her voice carries lots of knowledge but I also felt some connections, I might not have been as deep in the pool like tiny but i've definitely had my splashes, I've felt the distance white culture likes to keep and the struggle that follows with being a light skinned kid to a melonated parent.



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