Hey everyone!

My name’s Lizzie, and I’m the new mod for We Are All Mixed Up

I’m a 20 yr old Ecuadorian Mestiza currently living in Ontario, Canada. I’m in the service industry and also help around as an assistant for UofT’s Indigenous Center.

My interests include videogames, traveling, art, and learning how to address social justice issues.

Some topics that I can talk about from my own experiences are: latinx identity (both outside vs within Latin America), colonialism, blanqueamiento, mestizaje, the casta system, family language barriers, diaspora, internalized racism, historical erasure of Native/African heritage, media representation, violence against (Native) women, the role of religious/non-religious faith in our communities, US imperialism, etc etc

I hope that my personal understandings as a mixed Latina will help contribute something new to the discussions I’ve seen floating around on WAAMU.

I’d be happy to hear from you guys. Here’s wishing for the best!

- Liz 

anonymous said:

Is Hispanic a race?

No, it’s not.

Saying that someone is hispanic/latinx doesn’t say anything about their race. A Latinx person can be of any background.

(Also, not every Latinx likes using the term ‘Hispanic’, because of how it ties us to identifying with our Spanish colonizers, and because it excludes non-Spanish speaking countries and individuals. ’Latinx’ is a more inclusive term.)

- Liz

In this illustration, I drew the girls and my tattooer friend André Dekinha drew the tattoos. You can find him at facebook.com/andrexoliveira

Translated by Sarah Nader

[imagem text] Andressa, Tainá, Liz & Luana all have several tattoos and they have, at times, heard these tattoos are a sign of promiscuity. Girls, don’t worry. Go ahead and paint your body however you want and sleep with whomever you want, tattoos will continue to have no correlation with sexuality.

anonymous said:

but its still important to note hispanic/latinx is as specific as some people can be when it comes to their racial identity

I know how hard it is to find out where you come from. 

But it’s also important not to confuse terms. Saying that you’re Latinx doesn’t say anything specific about your race. But it does note how you identify with your Latin American roots (which could be European, African, Native American, Asian, mixed, etc).

I personally like to leave my racial identity at Mestiza (since all I know for certain is that my family has mixed Spanish and Native American ancestry from Latin America).

Other than that, I ethnically identity as being an Ecuadorian Latina.

(But don’t confuse Latin America or specific Latinx nations as having just a single ethnicity. Since there are many. This is just in terms of how I explain my Latinx identity in relation to ppl outside of Ecuador/Latin America.)

- Liz

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