Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a first-generation Honduran-Ecuadorian writer. Her work has appeared on ABC News, The New York Times, Vogue, Paper Magazine, GEN mag, and elsewhere. She is working on her first book, lives in New York City with her partner, and still visits her family in New Jersey every Sunday.

When You Can’t Claim It, But You Can’t Escape It

by | December 15, 2020

Revisiting one of our favorite pieces from Tasteful Rude: “Are you Black?” my first crush, a white boy, asked me as we played together in the sandbox at school. I wasn’t sure. I thought of my nickname “negrita” but I didn’t know how to explain that I’m the darkest in my family or why it seemed perfectly natural to be identified by my pigmentation. When I couldn’t answer, he ran away from me.

Jessica Hoppe