Today is "Mexican Independence day" & yesterday was the start of "Latinx" Heritage month...I have so much to share with you. Let's start this conversation slowly & let me share what's been on heavy on my mind the last few months.
My identity has been undergoing so much change in so many ways & it's because of the spiritual awakening I'm experiencing & because of the decolonial work I do. It is liberating and also can feel like the rug is being pulled underneath you. So today, I want to educate and hold space for your experiences.
One thing I want you to know is that to identify as "Latinx" is to identify with the colonizer. As for the term "Hispanic", ya no se diga, it's even worse. These terms are often used to describe our commonalities as a group and for that reason, I use it sometimes, in quotes, but it resonates with me less and less.
Why? Because when we use this term we are erasing our Indigenous roots and for others, your African roots. I need you to know that these terms were specifically created to erase our Indigeneity. It was part of the colonizer's genodical agenda. These terms uphold white supremacy & were created by the Spanish colonizer.
This is why I've never felt comfortable using Latina to describe my identity, my soul rejected it. Mexicana /Xicana felt better & slowly more as Indigenous. My ancestors are calling me back. So much more to say. I want to hear from you.
What are your thoughts about the term "Latinx"? How has decolonizing impacted your identity? Can you see how this term erases our Indigeneity, disempowers us & upholds white supremacy? Do you struggle with feeling like you are "enough" to identify with your African or Indigenous roots?
To be clear, there are White Latinx, as there are White Mexicans, White Cubans, etc & the terms Hispanic & Latinx are appropriate for them. If you are a white Latinx & this makes you uncomfortable, it is the discomfort with White privilege & it is this dismantling work that is necessary for our collective liberation.
African & Indigenous relatives, I'd love to hear your experiences too, let's deconstruct these colonial labels together, there is healing & liberation there ✊🏼💖.
Que frio amigos🥶. I was just bragging about how warm it is in California and then boom! The cold and rain 🌧 comes in and next thing you know I’m wearing a 90’s looking hoodie and missing out on my walkies in the park. •
Get ready for a whole lot of freezing Frijol pictures this winter. Looks like we’re in for a long one.
I’ve been so anxious to share this photo with all of you!!! So on Nov.2 & 3rd I was honored to exhibit these artworks at Pacoima City Halls & @1111_acc#diadelosmuertos Festival! Yes, I had 2 separate Day of the Dead Festival art exhibits in the same weekend and it was tiring but priceless for soul! It was such an honor to be a part of this special exhibit ‘La fuerza de la mujer.’ The strongest people I have ever known have all been woman...like my momma and my big sis. So proud to have been considered and partaken in the experience. My organ paintings made their debut at City Hall and they were printed large scale!!!! Thank you Erin and 11:11 Team for believing in my art and curating a successful show!!! Shout out to participating artists @rickortegaart@cruzemilia stoked to have my work hung next to you guys! 😆 #thrive#arte#mexicanart#corazon#dayofthedead#latinxart#chicanx#latinoart#artemexicano#pacoima#chicanoart#pacoimacityhall#johngalanart
The haps in Bolivia are further invigorating a burning desire within me to decolonize academia as a whole.
As XicanX educators working along the militarized frontera, we occupy a very important position, a reality I remind myself of everyday.
I posted this photo some years back on my personal page, but feel it necessary to share here, as well. It was taken during an event I put on at my work following the initial assault by the presidency on ‘immigrant’ rights, a reality that affected many here in El Paso, students included - my aim was simply to connect students with local advocacy groups that would offer assistance to anyone who found themselves in the most unwanted of positions.
I’ve included the original text below. _____________________________________________________________
This photo means a lot to me.
Not because of any one particular organization, but what it represents, and that is #Chicana and #Chicano (s) in higher education.
I've presented for both #Mecha and #Tache in the past, and support both equally in their desire to see members of the #Chicanx community succeed in their (our) academic pursuits.
Believe me when I say there are not many of us, so any organizations that supports members of marginalized communities in the pursuit of changing this will always have a special place in my heart, and I will ride with in helping them (us) achieve that goal.
In that vein, the college that I work for, El Paso Community College was just ranked number one in the nation for 'Hispanic' students seeking an associates degree, something that I am beyond proud to be a part of, both as a former student and now a instructor.
Latinas earn .54 cents for every $1 a white man makes. We're work just about twice as hard all day, e'ery day and there is NO REASON why I have to work through today to earn what the white man earned LAST YEAR.
Scroll through for some 🔥 pics from the East Coast 2019 Chicanx Conference at Harvard.
While the conference itself was problematic, such as the majority of the guest speakers being white Mexicans who discussed things in a way that promoted a homogenous Mexican identity, and there were lots of elitist vibes, I still had an incredibly fun and amazing time with the MexSA fam. I can't wait to host our own conference here at NYU and do it right. Big things coming baby. #harvard#mexican#chicanx#conference
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Latina Equal Pay Day -- the day when Latina pay catches up to that of white, non-Hispanic men from the previous year -- is being observed on November 20, 2019.
More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Latina's typically earn only 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and must work nearly 23 months to earn what white men earn in 12 months.
Indeed, given that this is the last "Equal Pay Day" observance of the year, Latinas must typically work longer than ... everyone. This disparity hurts not only Latinas, but also the families and communities they support.
This is unacceptable. We need to act now and let everyone know that we support LatinaEqualPay and we VOTE! Join the LatinaEqualPay Day Social Media Storm on November 20 at 2:00 pm ET! Learn more and register at www.latinaequalpay.org/registration
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Trigger warning: ABUSE AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS INDIGENOUS FOLKS -
Disposability of indigenous women bodies - A look into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women -
Indigenous women are disproportionately at higher risk of being murdered/missing in the United States. Which also are unrepresented in the media and not taken seriously. There are a lot of reasons to do with this because of the stereotypes that are perpetuated on women of color, especially indigenous women. Where there is also an objectification with women of color because of media and the people that create these objectifications, specifically white men. “In 2016, there were 5,712 reports of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls, though the US Department of Justice’s federal missing persons database, NamUs, only logged 116 cases. (UIHI, Pg. 2) With this data we get an example of what it means to be a missing indigenous woman in America and how the US government doesn’t take these reports seriously. The disposability of black and brown bodies is the main focus of this paper to understand the drastic circumstances that are put on black and brown women’s bodies and the way they are used and how a lot of folks think of women of colors bodies as an object and nothing else. Colonization has a lot to do with the disposability of indigenous bodies, this paper will grasp on the past and the present of indigenous folks.
Disposability is an adjective of the word disposable, according to dictionary.com, disposable is “designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up.” The disposability of indigenous bodies comes from a long history of colonization. The Spanish colonizers came to the Americas stumbling upon lands that they didn’t even know that was there. The colonizers from the beginning were objectifying bodies, in queer (in)justice, “Upon discovering that some of the men “dressed as women” and engaged in sexual relations with each other, he ordered forty of them thrown to his hunting dogs, to be dismembered to their death.” (Pg.1) The implications that were put on indigenous people by the colonizers put a huge toll on the way that they looked at them. [read the comments]
Angel Baby music video Dec 1st. Save the date. LA Stories has selected John Cantu's music video story of my Angel Baby versión. Join us Sunday December 1, 2019 from 2-4pm to see 4 stories with q&a from writers, directors and cast. #rosieandtheoriginals#angelbaby
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Our portfolio is still marking it around to these wonderful galleries. The portfolio is now exhibiting at the Ben Bailey Art Gallery at Texas A&M University-Kingsville thanks to Jesus De La Rosa, the Associate Professor of Art at Texas A&M. The portfolio will be on view from October 10th -November 25th.
Starting the week off with this much excitement because it’s 90 degrees out and it still feels like Elote and Raspado season! 💁🏻♀️ jk. It’s too hot and I want to be able to snuggle under a blanket drinking champurrado and eating some tamales. #whosreadyforwinter#caliproblems
A paper I wrote on the tokenization of intersectional identities in higher education - specifically within the Latinx community. MSU Denver was designated as a Hispanic Serving institute in 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education. Hispanic serving institute is “postsecondary institutions that enroll the largest percentage of Latinx college students.” (Pg.7) For an institution to be in HSI standing, there has to be at least 25% Latinx identified students enrolled at the school. Which MSU Denver hits around 28.4% Latinx identified students. I’ve been directly impacted by HSI, as I do identify as Latinx. Being an HSI institution really goes against the norms of a 4-year university that usually doesn’t have that many people of color, especially Latinx folks. Yes, this is a great community to be a part of and being able to see people that understand my struggles and the things that I face every day, but there has been so many instances where this status has gone too far into the hands of people that have a lot of control of the school and how we are now used for profit. After becoming HSI, you can apply for grants and scholarships in order to better the school, but no Latinx person is seeing that money and where is that going? Who is educated about being able to apply for these grants and scholarships? Where is it going? Controlling these accesses are people in power, that are usually white and don’t understand that these funding’s should go back to the people, not into our pockets, but maybe to pay faculty of color more, fund their departments, and also student organizations. “The consequences of racialization’s are clear. With whiteness being normalized and privileged at the individual and organizational level, yet the racial hierarchy of postsecondary institutions is rarely discussed.” (Pg. 12)
Repressiveness can impact HSI standing universities because it doesn’t give us access to the things that come with it, the space of higher education has showed Latinx folks of what institutions really want from these status, which is money when in reality in some ways they can show how much they really don’t care about us. [read comments for more]
Have you seen our fam @richardcabralofficial ‘s incredible work? He’s an actor, writer, and activist who consistently prioritizes the #LUCHA — “Being an artist, being an actor, it’s about telling stories that could heal, that could open up discussion that could make the community better. There are many (Latino) stories that need to be told and haven’t been told right. If I could help be that voice then that’s what I’m going to do, because this is a reality for me.” —
His latest EP is available now on all streaming platforms! Make sure to follow him for more #latinx visibility and positive content. 💡