Así se comenzó una historia: era un pueblo de luz, de colorido, de transparente mirar. Era un pueblo de amor que se hablaba de tú con las estrellas y los dioses venían a copular con las hijas de los hombres. Era de oro, de serpientes emplumadas era pero llegó el conquistador enfundado en el acero, enfundado en sus complejos de cruz y de valor. Bajó entonces la sangre a juntarse con la sangre; un río de violación se mestizó en el tiempo…
Everyone in my neighborhood knows what you’ve done for me but I’d give it all away if you could make this girls dream come true and I’m getting lots of people asking me to get this message to you:
This is a sweet 12 year old girl from my neighborhood back home in Chicago.
She was given 2-6 months to live just a month ago and now it has been determined that she possibly has less than a month. She loves Taylor Swift and when in Florida Disney World resort “Give Kids The World” she sang and danced to Shake it Off with her little sister. She has affected our community and so many other communities with her strength, her spirit, her love, her compassion and her desire to keep fighting despite any and all odds. Our community is lit up in green and purple light bulbs 115 Bourbon Street has her colors Blazing as well as so many other local business. The Wrigley Building is lit up for her. This girl is so deserving of any and all happiness she can get. PLEASE use any and ALL influence you can to have Taylor Swift pay this girl a visit !!!!!!!!!! The smiles are priceless ! If you could see the coming together of this community and know the love, the sharing ,the giving and the faith she has inspired you would understand our desire to give it all back to her !!! Thank you !!!
Selena. Not Gomez, Quintanilla. Quintanilla-Perez. The daughter of Abraham and Marcela, the Tejana with the infectious laugh and huge, genuine smile. The one I would watch singing en Español on tv as a kid, singing perfectly in Spanish but speaking with a pochita accent when interviewed.
As I struggled to train my mouth to speak the words flowing from the lips of my abuelit@s, tias, tios, Mom and Dad, I looked at this beautiful, confident Xicana on stage, twirling in her body hugging outfits to music she so fluidly sang to. I connected. Maybe a little chubby faced, goofy, daydreaming wannabe singer and artist like me could grow up to reach millions someday. Could inspire little brown children to love themselves like she did for me. Cause even when I didn’t love myself fully, and when I was too brown to fit in with the white kids but too xicana to fully communicate with my Spanish speaking classmates, Selena taught me it was okay. That I could follow my Brown girl dreams and become a confident, outspoken Brown womxn whose art is seen as important. Transcending borders.
This is why Selena. Why you are still relevant and powerful and are remembered as la reina. This is why I take your life so personally, Selena. And this is why I think so many of us still remember the day you passed so vividly. Your energy todavia esta aqui, reina. Para Siempre.