Clayton, Born in São Paulo, Brazil. Former teacher, Father, DJ, and Husband
"There were a lot of women, working in the factories, others working in wealthy families’ house. They raised their children with a lot of struggle, a lot of determination. So, I’m a fruit or credit of this struggle, this women’s movement, of black women who contributed to the progress of the country, the city, and they had time to raise their family, to buy a house. For example, I am the first in my family to be able to go to the University. After came my brother, my sister, and more. I’m the first."
"I am 46 years old. I spent my childhood in the 80’s and a part of the 90’s. In the 80’s in Brazil, we lived under a dictatorship, because the end of the dictatorship was in 1985 or really 86, 87, 88, the dictatorship stopped and the police. A fact exists: The police from São Paulo killed more people in the 80’s than people died in the Vietnam war. And I ask you, “What color were those people?” Black. The majority, 80 to 85%. My father, in his life, received a lot of shots from the police, because in the time of the dictatorship, if a black man walked in the streets, and he didn’t have documents proving that he was working, the police would hit him and a lot of people disappeared. Fifteen years ago, they discovered a cemetery of the people the dictatorship killed."
"I suffer a very big problem here, because I’m Latino, but the Mexicans do not see me as Latino. Why? With my mouth closed, I’m American….I speak Spanish well. I can defend myself. But in Brazil, they don’t speak Spanish. They speak Portuguese. We have the difficulty of language. That sets us apart from the rest of Latin America and Central America. I’m a person who lives in limbo, in purgatory. I am living in purgatory in North America."