Because I’m tired of this.
To anybody who is not Latino or Hispanic, stop.
Stop thinking you’re complimenting us when you say things like, “Wow, but you speak so well… You’re different than the others… No, where are you really from?”
Those aren’t compliments; they’re subtle insults to the people of our culture. When you say, you make us think if you’re really complimenting us or if you’re saying that our people don’t act like the ‘norm’ - which we both know is referring to the white way.
Oppression for Hispanics and Latinos may have improved, but most people are still ignorant about us and subtly racist. In fact, I bet most non-Latinos just like us because we brought you Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. Which essentially leads to women who aren’t Latina to hate Latinas because they think we stand as threats. Honey, we’re only a threat if you make us that way.
Newsflash: We don’t want your men.
Hollywood misrepresents Latinos/as and ignorant people start to believe the lies.
In television, a Latina is either the gold digger who steals your man or the lady cleaning your house. A Latino is the gardener named Jose, Jorge, George. A Hispanic teenager is the one who runs away with her papi chulo Manuel.
The only thing Hollywood gets right is the idiotic comments made by others.
“Honey, she may not even speak English.”
*Practically shouting* “I’d like some waa-ter. You know, ah-gwoo-ah?” *Doing some ridiculous hand gestures looking like cockatoos.*
“No,” snobby laugh. “Where are you really from?” Bitch, we’re not all from the remote areas of the Amazon.
Anyone remember the white girl from Maid in Manhattan who always made these nasty comments about Jennifer Lopez? Yeah, those are examples of what we experience all the time when around you white people.
You guys think we’re incompetent because we have accents. You think we’re incapable of doing more than cleaning your floors and strutting around trying to steal your men. You get shocked when you find out we are successful.
If we succeed, know that we earned it. We fought hard because God knows how difficult it is to learn a new language and try to push all those obstacles out of our way.
Mad because we’re taking your jobs? Get off your ass and compete with us. We’d love the challenge.
Plus we’re not all Mexican. We don’t all look the same. We don’t all grow up with the same traditions and cultures. We will not apologize for bringing our traditions and cultures with us when we come to America… UNLIKE Y’ALL DISLOYAL HOES WHO ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR EUROPEAN CULTURE WHEN PEOPLE CALL YOU OUT.
Next time you want to make a joke about immigrants and jumping the border, don’t go too far from home to think about who’s really the immigrants. You think you’re the true Americans? You’re wrong. At least we don’t have our minds confused.
Want to call us uncivilized? Savages? We’re not the ones who took control by mass murdering the original owners. You guys didn’t work or fight for shit. We didn’t have to be savage to become a part of this nation.
So the next time you want to compliment us in that way, don’t. The next time you want to say Latinos shouldn’t use the race card, don’t.
This could go for all POC (with a couple parts changed) but the message is still valid. I’m tired of people ignoring Latinos because it’s not a big enough issue. It is. And it’s important to us.