LN – Moisés Vallejo: “If I walk with my clothes torn, people think that I get high or steal”

Moisés Vallejo knew the face of socioeconomic racism from a very young age Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ricardo Pristupluk

Moisés Vallejo does not have the best memories of his childhood. As if it had not been enough suffering to have had to live a time on the street with her mom or growing up in a vulnerable neighborhood settled inside an abandoned factory, sometimes without the basics to live, he had to learn to defend himself against the discriminatory treatment he received for that reason during his time in primary school.

“My colleagues bothered me for not having nice clothes, for going with torn sneakers or without stockings, because I wore the clothes they gave me on the street. But I always tried to be clean and that bothered me, that they said dirty or that They would make fun of me because I wore a comb to comb my hair at school, “recalls this 18-year-old boy who lives in” La California “, a vulnerable settlement located in San Martín.

When he explores that time, he finds it difficult to detect good moments. What comes to mind is the memory that they never invited him to a birthday. That the parents of one of the few friends he had they never let him into his house Because, according to his friend, “they were very picky about the subject of clothing.”

One of the first teasing episodes happened when I was in first grade. Moisés remembers that he had gone to school without stockings because he did not have one, and that a toe escaped from one of the holes in his shoes. The laughter and laughter became unbearable and he had to take refuge in the bathroom so that they would not see him cry.

“The teachers did not do much in those situations. My classmates also rested me (sic) because I worked selling sponge cake around the neighborhood. I was to say nothing and hold on. I kept all that and also some situations of violence that happened in my At times, I exploded violently towards my classmates. The teachers and the directors told me that I had to go to a psychologist, but I never went to one, now I try to control myself, “she says.

The fact that he grew up in a vulnerable and hostile environment, which is often despised by a good part of Argentine society, where “soul blacks” or simply “fucking blacks” live, left countless Moses situations of rejection. So many, that they have allowed him to decode, at 18, what are the prejudices that unfold in people’s minds when they see him poorly dressed or, as he says, “speaking villain”.

Every day, Moisés collaborates in the dining room and picnic area
Every day, Moisés collaborates in the dining room and picnic area “Por los chicos”, located in the Loyola neighborhood of San Martín Source: LA NACION – Credit: Ricardo Pristupluk

“If I walk around with torn clothes, people think that I take drugs or I steal. I see it on their faces, they make a horrible gesture. The same if you speak villero, although I don’t like to speak like that. I speak calmly because I know that, if not, people think badly, they immediately believe that you sell drugs or you steal or you go around with gangs, “he explains.

Currently, Moses is in his fourth year of high school. He does it as he can. You don’t always have the Internet to download your work on your cell phone, and not all teachers are equally understanding. For this reason, he hopes to be able to pass the year, although is afraid of not making it. “In high school they don’t bother me as much. I remember that in the first year I had to miss about three months because I didn’t have any water to bathe and that bothered me a lot with that. But now I don’t. I do mine. I also don’t have any friends,” he admits. .

In parallel, he collaborates with the dining room and picnic area “For the boys”, located in the Loyola neighborhood, where they say that Moisés is a great boy and confirm that life was not generous with him. “I help to clean, to serve and in whatever it takes. I feel contained there. I really like to cook. I would love to be a chef but well, today I am looking for a job of any kind. In the factories or as a bricklayer’s assistant,” he says. , convinced that “people would have to judge less by appearances”.

  • To collaborate with the dining room and picnic area “For the boys”, you can contact: 4754-5949 or 15-5577-5264. Also through the Banco Provincial savings bank No. 541153/0, in the name of Luis Angel Gómez (CUIL 20-16876263-2; CBU 01400267 03509754115309).



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