As a fourth-generation Mexican-American, I’m hoping 2017 is the year we, as a community, put an end to the appropriation and degradation of an entire culture. This Cinco de Mayo, know the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation in order to make this “holiday” enjoyable for everyone.
Before you go out and drink as many Coronas as you can, try to get a basic knowledge of what you’re “celebrating.” Frequently confused with Mexico’s independence day, which is Sept. 16, Cinco de Mayo commemorates an unforeseen victory by the Mexican army against the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Puebla is located in east-central Mexico and is one of the 31 states that makes up the country.
And, while Cinco de Mayo in America is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture, the lack of appreciation for Mexican heritage, the historical significance of the event itself, and the influx of racial stereotypes has transformed the holiday into an almost unbearable occasion for anyone of Mexican descent.
Rather than subjugate Mexicans and Mexican Americans to yet another year of cultural appropriation and lack of appreciation, read up on ways you can help celebrate our beautiful heritage — and ways to help avoid further degradation of an entire culture. Read more (Opinion)
Marvel stans need to learn some history. To act like Agent Carter is the blueprint of comic book TV shows, please remember these names: Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, Yvonne Craig, Lynda Carter….
These are the women who were in comic book shows. Eartha Kitt being Catwoman broke boundaries for being a BLACK Catwoman. Lynda Carter hid her Mexican heritage to be QUALIFIED to be Wonder Woman. Yvonne Craig was Batgirl in 1967.
You can’t go Agent Carter is groundbreaking when the ground has been BROKEN.
McCree is white and you have no canon proof that he isn't, and no your visual perseption and fantasy head canon doesn't count.
In order, here is McCree, Soldier:76 (who is white), and Sombra (who is Mexican). Tell me whose skin tone McCree’s is most similar to.
That’s right! Sombra’s!
McCree is from New Mexico. He has a cowboy theme. Cowboys were, historically, made mostly of non-white individuals, especially black men, Native Americans, and people of Mexican descent. Mexican cowboys were more common in the southwest, where McCree is from. That part of the United States was Mexico once, anyway. Plus, McCree wears a Mexican garment as a signature accessory: his serape.
Oh, but his name, one might cry! It’s Scottish!
Well, first of all, I’m sure there are people of Mexican heritage who have moved to Scotland and married into Scottish families and taken on Scottish names, and vice versa, especially considering that Overwatch takes place in the 2070s. Today, even, I mean, really, people have all kinds of surnames from all over the world Similarly, is it really that outlandish to consider McCree might be mixed race? Names are funny. I mentioned it earlier, but I have a friend from high school who is mixed. Her father is half German, have Puerto Rican, and her mother is black. She has a Japanese first name because she was born in Japan. She has a German last name. Names are weird.
Not only that, but we don’t know if McCree is McCree’s real name. “Pleasure working with you, McCree… if that is your real name.” “I don’t know what you heard, but my name’s not Joel. Best remember that.” That’s his pre-game interaction with Sombra. Which is, admittedly, vague, but we just don’t know for sure. It’s a reference to the early baby fandom, referring to Mysterious Unnamed (at the time) Cowboy Guy as Joel for some reason. Other theories include him secretly being the blogger that wrote about a vigilante (McCree) who saved a noodle shop. Still other theories are that he just gave himself the name Jesse McCree. It happens. Maybe he liked the name. Maybe he had a relative with the name and adopted it when he joined Deadlock or Blackwatch.
And, hey! If you don’t like Mexican American McCree, there’s always actual American McCree! As in, literally Native American! Mixed McCree is great too! There are so many possibilities! I, personally, prefer Native American/Mexican mixed McCree. He’s got a warmer skin tone and sharper cheekbones, which, from my (albeit limited) knowledge, tend to be common to Native American genetics.
Besides. If McCree isn’t white, does it affect you personally? If he’s Mexican or Native American or both, how does it change the game at all? Does it make you upset that this one character isn’t white? Think about why you’re so against a non-white McCree, and then apologize for being a racist shitstain.
Trump will once again have to face U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the Mexican-American judge whose impartiality Trump famously questioned during the campaign because of his Mexican-heritage.
The Trump administration will now have to go before Curiel in the case of Juan Manuel Montes, the first undocumented “Dreamer” protected by the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program to be deported during the Trump administration.
The 23-year-old Montes was arrested and deported in February while visiting his girlfriend in Calexico, California.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents claimed that his DACA had expired, but Montes’ lawyers have reportedly produced evidence showing that his protected status does not expire until 2018.
Curiel has been asked to rule on whether the CPB must release information on Montes’ arrest and deportation to his team of attorneys. Read more (4/20/17)
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In the lush jungles of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Danish chef René Redzepi (@reneredzepinoma) is adapting his ethos of hyper-local cuisine to Tulum’s vibrant food culture. “I keep coming back to Mexico to learn and be inspired by the rich food history and tradition,” says René, whose seven-week pop up runs through the end of May. This is the third temporary restaurant that René has created in as many years, taking Noma – his Copenhagen restaurant that’s consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world since it opened in 2003 – on the road with its full 145-person team.
After hosting the Noma pop up in Tokyo and Sydney, René was drawn to Mexico’s culinary heritage. “Mexican cuisine is so vast and varied,” says René. “Food traditions have been preserved and passed on across thousands of years, and with the tremendous biodiversity, it is an incredibly genuine, complex and delicious cuisine.” You won’t find Noma’s dishes translated with Mexican ingredients, though. No matter where in the world he is, René’s cooking is “less of a style, and more of a way of thinking,” he says. “It’s a consideration of the land, the history, the people and the ingredients themselves.”
It’s not Mexico’s independence day (that’s in September), or a victory over the Spanish, it’s actually a small, local commemoration of a battle in which a rag-tag Mexican force withstood a much larger and better equipped French army in the city of Puebla in 1862. Though the French went on to win the war, for Puebla residents, Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate the city’s battle to resist imperialism. But outside of Puebla, Mexicans don’t celebrate it. It’s not a federal holiday, so school and work are still in session.
It’s only in America — where alcohol companies in the late ‘80s saw a marketing opportunity to sell beer and margaritas — where people don reductive costumes and line up tequila shots. “If you, for whatever unexplainable reason, still feel compelled to celebrate, go to a Mexican-owned business… you’ll get to enjoy authentic Mexican food and beer all while supporting small business!” one Mexican-American told @mic.
Don’t be an asshole today.
Also, you can drink corona and margaritas literally any day of the year. You don’t have to use an appropriative & false holiday to do that.
“I didn’t think much about the influence of race in Disney movies until I saw Book of Life and it made me proud of my Mexican heritage, so I’m hoping Disney has a strong Hispanic character for young Latinos to look up to”
Our celebration of
#WomensHistoryMonth continues with the iconic LGBTQ painter, Frida Kahlo.
Through her vibrant and surreal art, Frida was able to express both the
physical and emotional pain she dealt with throughout her life. She celebrated
her Mexican heritage, and her influence in Mexican history led her to be
featured on the new 500 peso bill in 2010. Frida fearlessly challenged feminine
norms, and her life work continues to inspire women and artists today.
After months of deliberating, I finally came to finalize my decision for these character theme songs! Now quick disclaimer, the characters are multidimensional to the point where you can make an entire playlist for each character, but for now I’m just focusing on songs that capture the spirit of the character in one go. I’m even going to leave an explaination to why I picked a certain song. If you like it, cool. If you disagree, that’s fine too. When I heard these songs this one character just came to mind:
I really wanted to do this before she got her actual theme song on “Starsong.” I wanted something really empowering with a female vocalist, but for some reason, Star always reminds me of 90s pop music. I don’t mean the boy bands and girl idols. I mean the novelty bands and one hit wonders. I remembered that P!nk (Pink) was an artist I heard when I was a kid. I originally picked “So What” but I didn’t want it to sound like Star was still hung up on Tom (Spoiler Alert: she isn’t). Plus with lyrics like “Just like magic,” and “No one can be like me anyway,” it was a bullseye.
This was really hard for some reason. I tried looking at it from every angle. Should I pick a song that focused on his insecurities, his Mexican heritage, his karate? Instead I picked a song that focused on how he loves his friend. Marco is kinda a dork, kinda a badass, kinda cool and kinda lame, so I found a genre of music that some people find kinda cool and kinda lame: pop punk. Plus, it gives that SoCal vibe (even if the band is from Texas).
Star still reminds me of 90s music. I have no idea why. I think the lyrics really catch how Star fell for Marco for basically being the best friend she ever had. There’s a comic by Area that, I think, really captures how Star developed a crush on Marco basically off-screen.
If I could sum up starco (platonic or romantic) it would be, “We always have each other’s back.” This song says that, but is obviously more romantic. So if starco became romantic, I think it would carry this spirit.
That’s all I have for now. This is a weird hobby of mine so if you want me to pick a theme song for another character or show, just drop me an ask and if I can I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for reading.
President Trump will confront a familiar figure in the lawsuit over a DREAMer who was deported by federal immigration agents: U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel.
He’s the judge who oversaw a lawsuit involving Trump University who Trump accused of being biased because of his “Mexican heritage.” Curiel, who was born in Indiana, approved a $25 million settlement between Trump and students who claimed they overpaid for real estate seminars. Trump didn’t admit any wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement.
Now, Curiel has been assigned to handle a lawsuit brought on behalf of Juan Manuel Montes, 23, a California resident who was deported in February despite being approved for the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protective status for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
Curiel’s assignment to the case was completely coincidental, according to rules for the Southern District of California. Kari Hong, an assistant professor at Boston College Law School who used to be an attorney in California, said judges are selected based on a rotating schedule. The court sets up a list of available judges and they are assigned each case as they come in.
Hong said judges regularly recuse themselves from cases if there is a conflict of interest, the appearance of a conflict of interest or if the judge has a financial stake in the outcome of the case. She said it’s highly unlikely Curiel would recuse himself based solely on the derogatory comments Trump made about him.
“Simply being attacked by the President isn’t a conflict of interest. If that were the standard, the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals couldn’t handle a single case,” she said, referring to the San Francisco-based appeals court that shot down Trump’s attempts to institute a travel ban against six majority-Muslim countries.