HBO Def Poet Carlos Andrés Gómez has a powerful clapback for anyone who’s ever asked “What are you?” or “Where are you really from?”
The spoken word artist and author’s performance of his poem ―aptly titled “But where are you REALLY from?”― was featured on the We are mitú Facebook page on Tuesday.
“In light of the escalating xenophobia in this country ―and, especially, the pervasive dehumanization of undocumented folks and refugees― I had to write this poem,” Gómez told The Huffington Post. “I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked, ‘What are you? Where are you from?’ Those questions, particularly when they arise in tandem, have always felt demeaning.”