The World Apology Tour.

I am recovering from years worth of trauma and abuse and finding myself and my voice again. There is so much I am sorry for: I brought the wolf in sheep’s clothing into the fold. Today is the first day of my world apology tour. Because when you’re wrong, you are wrong, and I was so very wrong.

Four years ago I found myself in a shelter for survivors of domestic violence in Richmond, Virginia. After an incredible amount of white violence by business owners, non profit agencies and a bar full of mediocre rednecks dished out towards me and my family for unapologetically opening and operating Fredericksburg Virginia’s first Black and Indigenous owned art gallery, music venue and LGBTQA safe space. I left because this violence seeped into every aspect of my life: from death threats, being outed as Undocumented in this small racist town, to my husband beginning to drink, blaiming me for the violence we experienced and ultimately becoming physically abusive towards me. In October of 2017 I found myself faced with a possible ICE detention. When it was all said and done, I was once again free to continue my journey, equipped with the expertise only a lived experience can give you and swore to myself that if I could help it, I would not let anyone suffer what I did.

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Reverend Leonina Arismendi žarković

Reverend Leonina Arismendi žarković

Social Justice rants, sermons & personal essays.