When I say that Latinas do not exist only to be your maids, I’m also talking to the Latinx community that seems to forget that young girls are not live in servants made to cater to their brothers, fathers, and male cousins. And shame on the mothers, tias, and abuelas that are complicit in this.
IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT A GOOD LGBTQ FILM PLEASE SUPPORT “A FANTASTIC WOMAN” (Una Mujer Fantástica) IS A CHILEAN MOVIE WITH A TRANS WOMAN AS THE PROTAGONIST PORTRAYED BY A TRANS WOMAN AND IS ON THE RUN FOR BEST FOREIGN FILM ON THE OSCARS.
It’s exactly a year since the Pulse shooting so I wanna give a dedicated shout out to the Latinx lgbt+ community who were directly targeted last year, but continued to stay strong and resilient and are still here celebrating and showing pride with us. I hope you’re all having a safe and wonderful pride month
Shout out to the eldest daughters in black and brown homes who become the default second mother. To the ones who had to be majorly responsible for children while they were still children themselves. To the ones to took on the role voluntarily and the ones who had it forced upon them. To the ones who had familial support and the ones having to shoulder the burden alone. To the ones that had to set their dreams, their educations, their jobs aside in order to be able to carry everyone else. To the ones who couldn’t take anymore and made the heartbreaking choice to flee, leaving their siblings behind. The ones who stayed. The ones who never got any recognition. The ones who don’t want children of their own because they are so exhausted from taking care of everyone else. The ones who want children since they know how to be maternal. The ones who did a better job of raising their siblings than their actual mother.
I know it’s hard to put yourself first after years of being called selfish for even thinking about doing so, but please take care of yourselves too.
When the first teaser for Coco came out, a lot of people, including myself, were quick to accuse it of being a watered-down TBoL ripoff. And when criticisms from Latinx communities of it trying to trademark the phrase “Día de los Muertos“ arise, as well as rumors popping up of Disney turning down Jorge Gutiérrez’s pitch for TBoL, we all used it as more reasons to justify our initial skepticism towards the movie.
But then the rumors were debunked. Jorge Gutiérrez already explained that he never pitched TBoL to Disney, and that he supports Coco and its crew. Also, Pixar listened to the criticisms and took it to heart and made changes, and even hired some of the critics as consultants for the movie.
And while the initial teaser was pretty underwhelming, it’s also, y’know, a teaser. It doesn’t necessarily reflect the final product. We shouldn’t make conclusions based on two minutes of footage. Hell, there have been new trailers and promotional footage that serves as better representations of the final product.
As someone who has watched it, I can safely say that it is the most beautiful Pixar movie in recent years.
The one understandable reason to not watch this movie is the John Lasseter allegations. I get that. If I hadn’t already reserved the ticket days in advance, I would also be hesitant about supporting it.
If you’ve decided to never watch a Pixar or Disney animated movie until Lasseter is completely out of the company, I’m not gonna tell you to watch this movie. But if you’re willing to make one exception, at least make it Coco. It’s definitely more culturally significant than Incredibles 2 or the Wreck-it-Ralph sequel.
While we gear up and prepare for the first anniversary, It’s really important to understand some context of the Pulse massacre.
It happened on Latin night in Orlando. One of, if not the largest growing Puerto Rican enclaves outside of the archipelago of Puerto Rico. The night was specifically welcoming of latinx and other communities of color and these specific facts must not be forgotten.
Today In Solidarity (6/12/18): As we remember the two year anniversary of the Pulse massacre, it is important that we reflect on narrative and who gets to write history. In the weeks following the tragedy, police were lauded as heroes for their response. In reality, they dragged their feet in responding to the shooting, sprayed bullets indiscriminately into the club, and have used the opportunity to muscle their way deeper into queer spaces, potentially threatening the safety of them. Survivors have recently filed a lawsuit around parts of this reality.
Alternately, we must remember that the victims of this massacre were predominantly Latinx, some even with hazy immigration statuses. The reality is that to this day member of the Latinx LGBTQ community (in Orlando and across the country) experience xenophobia, racism, and classism at the hands of police/authorities. We must not allow the Pulse tragedy to be white-washed. We must demand accountability for the lives lost not just at the hands of terrorists, but due to the cavalier and reckless way police acted in response. #nojusticenopeace #noprideforpolice
i don’t see how being indigenous (with darker brown skin) or afro-latino would be a struggle in the latin community. white-passing latinos are always having to prove how latino we are but darker latinos have the skin tone to prove it for them
okay well first of all, there’s anti-blackness in basically every community because people are just racist. so we still have non black latinos saying the n word and appropriating african american culture. not to mention deeply rooted racial prejudice against black people in general. so don’t even try to tell me afro-latinos don’t face oppression. i’m not black, so i won’t speak too much on this issue, as it’s not really my place. but what i do know is it’s a glaring issue in our community, and i’m sure if you asked someone who is afro-latino, they would be able to tell you
i’m not afro-latina but i am a darker skinned indigenous mexican and i see racism against people that look like me everyday. my older brother and i have experienced multiple situations where we have been standing in a store full of white (or at least white passing) people and an employee is only keeping an eye on us, making sure us mexicans don’t steal something. when i was little, i never really understood why my father was getting pulled over for no real reason when were driving, but when it was my white-passing primo, we had no issues. going to high school at a primarily white school fairly close to the border, i’m constantly being asked if my family is here legally. when i would say yes, i was born here, my classmates would look at me suspiciously. “are you sure?” they would whisper. i was embarrassed because they made me feel like i was secretly doing something wrong, even when i wasn’t. in grade school there was this little boy that would always tell people i wished i was white like my friends. and i did wish i was white for the longest time and i would go home and cry to my parents about it.
everyday racism like this exists. and these things would’ve never happened if i was white passing. this type of discrimination is based entirely on skin color and the way i looked. so how can you face the same oppression if the way you look is white? you can’t.
im not saying i don’t have love for my white passing latino siblings, because i do. you’re valid and your skin color doesn’t make you less latino, i’m just saying that you are privileged in the fact that you’re white passing.
sure, a pro to being darker skinned is that most of the time you don’t really have to prove where you come from (although afro-latinos often face this problem too), but white passing people always want the benefits of having dark skin without the oppression that comes with it.
I know that Overwatch did their best to erase Gabriel from the public narrative of Overwatch because of his job in Blackwatch, but I know in my heart of hearts that if one of their own was at all responsible for ending the robot apocalypse, the city of Los Angeles would never shut up about it.
There would be murals of him painted EVERYWHERE in the city: Next to Caesar Chavez, with Tupac and Kendrick Lamar lyrics underneath, highly stylized cartoon graffiti, ironic pop art. Everywhere.
Several someones are in a coffee shop writing the screen play to a movie about him or as a cameo in their Omnic Crisis action comedy.
The Latinx community in the city would be so proud and would never let anyone forget that the reason you’re not dead is because of one of them.
LA rappers dropping his name in rhymes when identifying themselves as proud LA natives. Rude cover band names like “The Gabriel Reyes Sex Machines”.
Gallery exhibits dedicated entirely to him.
Morning talk radio unapologetically shading the hell out of Jack Morrison because of their relentless staning for their native son.
Children dressing up like him for their school presentations, leading to an entire generation of college students leaving home and saying “how have you never heard of Gabriel Reyes??”
Every single Reyes in the City having to qualify that they’re not related to him or lie that they are. Except Gabe’s actual entire extended family that come out of the woodwork and have bragging rights for.ev.er.
a lot of ya’ll say you love Latinas but do you love the fat Latinas? do you love brown and black Latinas ? do you love the ones with hyper pigmentation and acne? do you love the ones with short hair and the ones with thick messy eyebrows? Do you love Latinas that don’t have a voluptuous body? The ones that don’t have an accent or speak Spanish? Do you love trans Latinas? Do you love mixed Latinas that aren’t mixed with white?
Can we talk about white Latines calling themselves PoC again? Because this is something that is perpetuated by white Anglos as well. All the time. Even in politically active circles. I've had to tell multiple people that all the shit that they do up here we have perpetuated down in Cuba and in Latine circles in the US.
So for anyone who is unaware, Latine isn’t a race. I know in the US (and probably other Western countries) it’s seen as such, usually depicting people with light brown to bronze skin, dark hair, and brown eyes as the “typical” Latine person.
But that’s inaccurate.
Latine just means that you or your heritage comes from Latin America and there are people of every race and shade living there, including white/Europeans.
People who don’t watch Telemundo or Univision might not realize this because they don’t see it, but white Latines are just like whites in the US: privileged af and The Representation there. White Latines do NOT face racism, because they are white. In the US/West, they can face xenophobia. It’s similar, but not the same.
Now, being white does NOT make you less Latine!
It simply means that you are a Latine with European heritage and, therefore, NOT a POC. Which does mean that you should defer to those who are of color when it comes to conversations on racial discrimination. Trying to talk over the rest of us is, well, a dick move. It’s not different than a non-Latine person talking over Latines in a conversation about our community.