Vote with Love with LT and J Hilton
While come ltn Jay over. How are you? Hey, we're good. We're good. It's a good day today and We're looking forward to having this conversation with you and learning all all more about everything that's doing sharing her story. Yeah. I'm excited to learn more about you right work from welcome to bump. So the question that we always start with what's your heritage? Okay. We'll uncle I I tend to describe myself as a bay tree with southern roots. So I am a black American I can go back oddly three generations, daughter slaves, and my my mother, my father's family are both from the deep South and so I know We've got some some heritage there. We've got some potential connection with some of the native American communities down in the deep South and so I consider myself a black woman without you my father is a black American from the south as well, and my mother is from Okinawa and so I grew up you know the early part of my life being a kid China, find my place and understand you know definitely at that stage in life. Asian Americans Japanese, Americans looking at me and saying, Oh, you're one of us in as I grew I really began to connect the identify with my brothers. And my friend group were mostly. African American black folks in Brown's votes and so in my seven eight, nine year old self like I really started to to grasp that side of my identity, and then through adulthood I came to really appreciate the fact that you know my father's side we can't go back too far in ancestry dot com. But on my mother's side, we could go back almost four centuries and so are beginning to hit a appreciation of not just being you know a mixed kid but also really learning Abou-. Okinawans. End for the most part they're like most other island folks you know whether it's Hawaii or you know galloping area, you know they were agricultural on farmers and. Politicians. So yeah, we really appreciate the fact also that we grew up in place in San Jose that was was so diverse that just added to our natural heritage but our environment really complimented with everything you can imagine everyone you could imagine being represented in our childhood is pretty cool. Totally Hell. Awesome. Now I really love the way that you talk about that day because I think it. It says a lot about who you grow the be. Once you truly understand where you came from the heritage in the blunt let that's running through you in just ten by that connection and taking the time to be able to do that really does say a lot. Of. Getting to know your ancestors Alps really. Allow reflect your true heritage and we've been fortunate to be able to do some digging in that sense well, and now you're raising a child right and you be able to have these conversations with them and share the history that you've been able to carve out in the history that we don't know because that's also a reality that there's a lot of erased stuff that happened from our ancestors from your ancestors at how do we find out you know? How does that work? How what are your thoughts on all of this having that conversation when your kid grows up and says or even now right? Early you know he's very fortunate to have a large extended family him. So we're really teaching him the concept of cousins and grandparents just like your family and look at all the people that love you just because of you and you're born into this family, and so he'll always, I, think hopefully grow up with the understanding that has a real connection to family and Then, you know we just begin to introduce different traditions whether it be food or music or four different ways of wellness exercise like just Kinda like incorporating culture into how we raise him I. think totally I think she puts it lightly when she says introduces he's gotten a ton of like very straight up. These are what people who look like you have accomplished in life. and. So you know whether it's books and music and through family in also just pointing out people on TV. So He's very aware I think has a toddler has at this point the self confidence of like, Oh, I can do anything we have not. We've shielded him from much of the conversations that are going on the streets and on our TV screens about race and police we haven't Bro side yet. He still doesn't know that there are a pretty significant number of people who might treat them differently on color skin. We're kind of holding that for a little bit. We figure a he's aware of two disasters right now covid nineteen and fires we figure Donna. Four year old but we're also beginning to have that conversation because it's important for the. No. So many black and brown parents will be having a conversation about how to conduct yourself out public and how to be aware of when people whether they're police are others. You know how not to be blinded to and and to be able to react and have situational awareness is Kinda, keep them.