“Jícama” is about not being seen for having a dual identity. When you don’t feel seen, you don’t feel accepted for who you are. In my case, I’m American, but I am also Mexican & Salvadoran because of my family blood. Though people often don’t know where to put me, I proudly wear both sides of my identity. The U.S. is a country made up of people from other countries. This song and video are a love letter to kids who grew up embracing two worlds just like me.
Seems like many people in power are concerned with preserving some sort of ideal American identity—but our identity as a country is complex. Accepting and enforcing just one perspective is often just a guise for racism and xenophobia. To knock my family and I down for our Latinx roots is to knock down all of America’s history.
LIKE YOU I WAS BORN IN THIS COUNTRY. All proceeds from sales of the Wear Your Roots t-shirt go to regionally-based organizations supporting migrant families in the U.S.: ˇMIRA!, Annunciation House, and Immigrant Families Together.
I come from a line of immigrants so I wanted the proceeds of these shirts to go directly towards supporting migrant families. This effort is for the children of the 600 taken by ICE in Mississippi, migrants seeking refuge in El Paso, and families that have been separated at the border. Thank you for supporting. — Angelica Garcia