jorge galeano

Cada persona brilla con luz propia entre todas las demás. No hay dos fuegos iguales. Hay fuegos grandes y fuegos chicos y fuegos de todos los colores. Hay gente de fuego sereno, que ni se entera del viento, y gente de fuego loco, que llena el aire de chispas. Algunos fuegos, fuegos bobos, no alumbran ni queman; pero otros arden la vida con tantas ganas que no se puede mirarlos sin parpadear, y quien se acerca, se enciende.
—  Galeano, 1989.
10 things every American should do to know Latín America

1. Get to know its geography: South America and México are certainly not the same thing, yet Latin America and México are.
2. Read latin american newspapers.
3. Read our countries’ history. Regardless of your political views, open your mind to countries that work way different than yours.
4. Get to know our countries’ political situations. You don’t have to be able to name every president by heart, but at least be informed about current issues. Do you know what’s happening in Brazil? Heard about the missing people in México? Ecuadors earthquake? Read!
5. Delete all stereotypes you have in mind about latinos. Really, most of the time they limit your view on us.
6. Read latin american literature. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Eduardo Galeano, Alfonsina Storni and so many more! Research.
7. Listen to latin american music. Not everything is Shakira or some girl singing half-english-half-spanishcatchysongs. I’m argentinian and our local rock'n roll is simply amazing. Also, brazilian music is really amazing, as well as many other countries’ music. The internet is your ally. Or just listen to Shakira’s first 3 albums, at least.
8. Get yourself into our economical situation. It’s pretty fucked up tbh, but get your own conclusions
9. Learn some spanish and portuguese. Most bilingual latín american people are pretty good at english, so make your effort to learn our languages.
10. Travel to Latin America. I can assure you that our culture is so rich and so varied. It’s your continent too: enjoy it. And learn to love and respect it.