Latin America

Rest in peace Juan Gabriel

This man was the best musician in Mexican history

Even though I wasn’t a fan I respect him a lot! and I truly believe that all of us in the LGBTQ community in Mexico and even all Latin America owed him a lot! If not everything!!

Even though he was gay in a very ignorant and conservative country like Mexico because of his talent and his unapologetic personality he managed to become the greatest star in our history literally everyone love him even the most homophobic men loved his music!
He never talked about his sexuality he didn’t wanted to be label as gay but he never hide himself either he never pretended to be someone else!

I jus wanna said thank you

I teach a class called ‘Decolonize Your Diet,’ and I talk about the Spaniards arriving in Mesoamerica. One of the first things they tried to change—in addition to religion— was the way people ate. They introduced wheat and tried to make eating bread something that was seen as more valuable than eating corn. They outlawed amaranth, and in South America they outlawed quinoa.

I tell my students to think about how the dominant powers are invested in controlling what their subjects eat, and then to take that concept from the 1500s to our contemporary era and ask themselves, ‘What are the powers that be wanting us to eat right now? Where are all the food subsidies going? How is that influencing what we’re eating? Who’s benefiting and who’s suffering because of that?’ For students, drawing those connections is really powerful, and it gives them a tangible way to analyze relations of power.

When we talk about Latinx Representation we should ask ourselves, which Latinx? It’s interesting that, despite Jane the Virgin being about a Venezuelan family (played entirely by Puerto Rican actresses) and the Salazars on Fear the Walking Dead being Salvadorian (played by a Panamanian actor and a Swedish actress!), both stories are similar in that they are generically about “immigration.” But there’s nothing to make them specifically Venezuelan or specifically Salvadorian. Because to Hollywood, and to the average viewer, there’s no difference. Latinx are simply generic, interchangeable brownish people from that ever-nebulous part of the world that’s “South of the Border.” And don’t they all pretty much have the same story? Don’t they?
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Teresa Jusino on recognizing the often-erased diversity of Latinx experiences on & off the screen (x)

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As Secretary of State, Hillary Admits to Deporting Orphaned Refugees to Send Message to Warlords Not to Let Them Flee

Hillary Clinton’s Child-Deportation Flip-Flop

     “’We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across            the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,’ she said.”

     “’We don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws, or we’ll               encourage more children to make that dangerous journey,’ she added.”

Hillary Clinton Defends Call To Deport Child Migrants

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Latino Vote

Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras. Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot, and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society.

The flashback: The résumé of Bernie sanders Vs Hillary Clinton

Don’t forget to vote!! 

friendly reminder that not every latinx is a person of color.

by implying latinxs can’t be white you’re erasing the struggles of actual non-white latinxs who are still victims of racism

this very white woman is a brazilian actress:

and so is she (a victim of racist attacks on facebook because of her dark skin and afro hair):

they were both born in rio de janeiro and yet they look nothing alike, because latin american countries are diverse and not everyone who’s born here looks the same.

white privilege and racism are very much a thing in latin american countries, so no, “latinx” and “non-white” are not the same thing. white latinxs exist and a lot of them are racist as fuck.

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Traditional folklorico dancers

  1. A woman performing the La Raspa dance
  2. Two couples dancing
  3. Three women dancing
  4. A girl performing the Mexican Hat Dance
  5. A group of girls dance in white
  6. Two girls in vibrant colors dance
  7. A beautiful red and gold dress
  8. A group of young men and women
  9. “A riot of hues and patterns…Ballet Folklórico de México”
  10. Dancer in colorful floral dress
race in latin america

latinx is an ethnicity not a race, most of us do have spanish or other european descent somewhere down the line because spain colonized most of latin america, but if you don’t have (only white) ancestry then you’re not white.

white latinx are people with (only) european descent. they dont experience racism, but they can experience xenophobia, which is similar but not the same thing. they can experience discrimination because of this but not on the level of racism. they aren’t considered people of color, but it doesn’t make them any less latinx and theyre still allowed to participate in their own culture! *please don’t speak over latines of color on racism and colorism.*

if you have afrolatinx, indigenous, mestizo, castizo, mulatto, asianlatinx, ect. back ground from your blood line family then you may consider yourself a person of color. white passing latinxs can call themselves people of color if they choose to do so. 

“white-passing means someone who is not white (but may have white ancestry) looks white (whether all the time or just sometimes), and reaps the benefits of white privilege by not facing racism until it is revealed that they are not white.” - @thisisnotlatinx.

keep in mind, being white passing is subjective, not everyone may see you as white when it comes to who receives privilege. it depends on what white people think you are because they are the ones with the power to distribute the privilege. 

light-skinned people are also considered people of color, but they are treated better than our darker counterparts. both white passing & light skinned latinxs benefit from colorism. white passing people may also benefit from white supremacy.

*its important for white passing & light skinned latinxs not to speak over our darker brothers, sisters, & siblings!*

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Too many times the Spanish language is subjected to a barbaric butchering of its beautiful sound and its harmonious structure. Growing up in the United States I would often hear Spanish being spoken by non-Spanish speakers in a mocking, almost dismissive, way. Luckily, nowadays, there seems to be more of a push for truth. This is my contribution towards that truth.

HOW NOT TO SOUND LIKE A GRINGO WHEN SPEAKING SPANISH

1. NO PROBLEMO

No. Sandwiching an English noun between an el and a letter O, does not make it Spanish; nor is it ingenious anymore. Seen it. Heard it. Next.

2. MI CASA ES SU CASA

This one is sweet. It implies that Latino households are warm and hospitable. This is very true, however, Latinos don’t have to say this because it’s implied! The closest I’ve ever heard to this phrase is: Estás en tu casa. For example; if you ask to use the restroom at someone’s home, they might say: Claro, estás en tu casa. This means, “Of course, you’re in your own home.”

3. MUY CALIENTE!

You might say this if the soup burned your tongue, but never is it used to describe someone’s sex appeal. Spanish has a million and one ways of expressing attraction towards someone. Two of the most commonly used phrases are “¡Qué guapo/a!” and “¡Qué chulo/a!” 

4. RAPIDO, RAPIDO! ANDALE, ANDALE! ARRIBA, ARRIBA!

<Sigh> I won’t mention that cartoon mouse as it’s way before the average Tumblr user’s time. However, I have noticed that The Amazing Race contestants love to yell “rapido, rapido!” at taxi drivers from Spanish-speaking countries. I understand where they’re coming from, and I don’t blame them, but this is plain rude. Say this instead: ¿Puede ir un poco más deprisa, por favor?

5. NO COJONES

If you want to tell someone they have no balls, tell them in English! Don’t veil your contempt for someone by misusing the Spanish language. A common way of saying this accurately is: No tienes agallas. It’s strong without being vulgar.

6. COMPRENDE?!

The condescending use of “comprende” when a Spanish speaker does not understand something is the height of humiliation. Try getting some help. If you actually do speak Spanish, there’s another way of saying this: ¿Me hago entender?

7. HASTA LA VISTA

I’ve never heard any Spanish speakers ever say this. Along with adiós, “hasta la vista” is seriously misused and abused. Read my previous post on other ways of saying adiós by clicking <HERE>. 

8. AMIGO

Yes, Spanish-speaking people are friendly, but that does not make them your amigo. Wait for them to call you “mi parce” or “mi compa” before you reciprocate. True amigos don’t call each other amigo.

9. NO BUENO

This popular phrase is incorrect on so many levels. At best, it sounds like a phrase that a Spanish-speaker might put together during early infancy. To learn the different ways to express that something is not good click <HERE>.

Abortions are illegal in El Salvador, and birth control is hard to come by. The irony, which seems lost on El Salvador, is that the same government that denies women control over their reproductive health is now asking those same women to control their reproductive health until 2018.
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From When A Country Without Abortion Tells Women To Not Get Pregnant, a piece responding to the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.