Carmen Selvera

As interviewed by Mateo Selvera, March 18, 2018
"I never did fight for rights, I never did call discrimination, I didn’t do any of that I just tried prove myself and work a little harder or look for a place that I thought would be better for me..."
Carmen Selvera

Introductory Profile: About Carmen Selvera

My paternal grandmother, Carmen Selvera, is the person I chose to interview. She is a very positive person who didn’t experience the kind of torture that some people went through while being a minority in that time. She wasn't hurt because of her race, but on some occasions was discriminated against. She is very open-minded to things around her and is always looking for new things to learn and experience. Sometimes she will find something she loves or enjoys a lot and then really dive into it. For example, in the interview one part that I had to cut out was her talking about her jobs, where she worked, and how she got there.

She is very Christian, goes to church, and she prays for the ones she cares about every day. She also reads the Bible every night. She doesn't like when people use things that they have -- like disabilities or being apart of like a minority race -- to get ahead in life.

But after talking to her about some of these topics, I’m glad I did because I learned a lot and got to hear so much from my grandmother, and even while I hear her talking about some of these kind of personal topics -- like working in fields and racism -- she maintains a positive attitude. I don't know if she did that to make me feel more comfortable or maybe she did it to help herself. She is an incredibly kind and thoughtful person.