I met Rachel during a self-care event series in Denver. I remember her to be shy and quiet, but like me eager to soak up new information. She was born and raised in the Mile High City and attended university in Colorado Springs. She works in customer service and is a self-proclaimed introvert. When I asked her to describe Denver in one word, she responded with “hooly”. Here’s what it means to Rachel to be black in Denver.
What does it mean to you to be black in Denver?
Being black in Denver feels like I’m overlooked and looked at simultaneously. It makes me realize how powerful my blackness is even when I feel powerless. At times it feels like I’m pantomiming, and those who want to listen tune in to actually hear me. Sometimes it’s lonesome, detached, and melancholic yet in that same breath it’s invigorating, synergistic interactions, and tranquil. Being black in Denver is feeling everything and nothing at the same time.
What do you love most about living in Denver?
The abundance of weed and nature.
How have your experiences in Denver shaped you?
Honestly, they are still shaping me. Sometimes I don’t even recognize the shape, but I go with the flow because I want to feel, know, and absorb as much as I can without disrupting my soul and my truth. My experiences thus far have made me realize some triggers, insecurities, traumas, and how to work through them even if that work is a life long process.