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How L.A. Chicano History Is Being Told—And Reclaimed—Through Fashion
Generations of Latina style in Los Angeles.
By Abby Aguirre, Stefan Ruiz

Had the honor and great opportunity to be called upon and offer some perspective on #StyleAsResistance in this incredible photo spread on contemporary chicanx fashion and resistance for Vogue Magazines 125  

Sometimes i think about being a  latinx

and how the main, if not only, reason i exist is because of a mass rape done by white spaniards against the indigenous population of the americas. 

how the only reason i speak spanish is because of centuries worth of colonization 

how a people i never knew were washed away, killed, tortured, raped, and never allowed to speak their language or practice their culture again

i think about how my ethnicity is a visible result of all of this 

and i feel pure deep sadness because of it

Mexican women were forcibly STERILIZED in the 60s without their CONSENT.

The eugenics program ran from 1909 to 1963. During that time, over 20,000 Californian Latina women were subject to forced sterilization to “control” the population of Latinos in the state.

By the 1970s, that same program had continued but was scaled back just slightly.

Before that gradual phasing out of the program, Latina women – particularly immigrants – in the 1960s had been forcibly sterilized at the Los Angeles County Hospital, without their consent.

The researchers analyzed 2,006 sterilization requests sent from Pacific Colony in Southern California to head of the state Department of Institutions in Sacramento. People with Spanish surnames, the great majority of them Mexican-American, accounted for 23 percent of the total.

Here is the trailer to the documentary that brings light to this hidden issue: “No mas bebes”

When the Nazis took power, many German Jews were fully assimilated. A few, as German nationalists, even supported Hitler. Despite Nazi claims to the contrary, it was Hitler’s hatred that created Jewishness as a political identity in Germany, not Jewish identity politics that created Hitler’s hatred.

Today, African Americans aren’t joining the Black Lives Matter movement because they reject the concept of a universal community — they’re joining because they’ve long been singled out for police violence. As Frederick Douglass said, “The man struck is the man to cry out.”

Let’s not shift the blame for prejudice from those who hate to the target of the hatred. Black Lives Matter activists and feminists and immigrants didn’t push anyone to vote for Trump. Rather, the hatred that Trump has inherited, and which he fans, is what has forced people in America to be conscious of their political identities as Mexicans, as African Americans, as women, as trans people, and, sometimes, as Jews.

Let a black girl wear braids: “Ugh she looks so ghetto”

Let a hispanic girl use braids: “Ewww she looks like la India Maria or Pocahontas.”

Let an Asian girl use them: “Ugh, she’s trying to act black and she’s just trying to rebel.”

Let a white girl wear some braids: “So urban and edgy. This is so trendy. Braids are soooo in”

As if being Native/Indigenous to a country or region were a bad thing or as if being black were disgraceful. Being black is NOT an insult, being native American is NOT an insult. Being a native Mexican is NOT an insult. Being poor, indigenous, or of color are out of people’s control. Racial discrimination, cultural appropriation, and classism are the results of this kind of mentality. I’m sure if white girls and media put in as much effort speaking out against the discrimination of WoC or the discrimination of minorities as they do into defending their “right” to wear their hair how they like, nobody would mind if they braided their hair or stuck ornaments in them. Until I stop hearing “La India Maria” or “Ghetto” or “Black” being used as an insult against me or other women of color, y'all will sit down and get the fuck

A “Pachucha” (Mexican-American women in zoot suits) Rosie From Boyle Heights In The 1940s. (via)

‘A zoot suit (occasionally spelled zuit suit) is a men’s suit with high-waisted, wide-legged, tight-cuffed, pegged trousers, and a long coat with wide lapels and wide padded shoulders. This style of clothing became popular among the African American, Chicano, Filipino American, and Italian American communities during the 1940s.’ (wiki)