native reclamation

The Secretary of the Interior on Wednesday decided against releasing water down the Trinity River to ensure the survival of the salmon runs expected this month.  The virtual trickle of water is low, too warm, and clogged with moss, while corporate farms in California’s Central Valley are receiving the government subsidized water.  The people of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and Yurok Tribe on the Trinity-Klamath Rivers are very worried that they will face another massive fish kill, as happened in 2002 under the same conditions.

anonymous asked:

"I don’t identify as hispanic, I prefer latina or mestiza." Isn't "Chicanx" the more politically conscious term? The student's I've seen into decolonial self-identity, that study their history,seemed to identify as Chicano/Chicano Studies etc. It also ties the historic, anti-racism, political movements of "brown' peoples in the U.S. Doesn't "mestiza" focus on the mixed Euro aspect rather than decentering from that and identifying as "Chicano"/native?

“I don’t identify as hispanic, I prefer latina or mestiza.” Also “Latino” refers to the LATIN language which is based in Europe, the ancestor to Spanish, so technically saying latino and Hispanic is basically the same thing. I never understood why so many “latino” supposed activists still have an aversion to calling themselves “Chicano” despite the more university students & “latino” professors also identifying as Chicano first. Non-Euro centered.

“I don’t identify as hispanic, I prefer latina or mestiza.” So really, Latino, Mestizo and Hispanic all center white/Euro/Spanish as the focus. Chicano is more accurate to describe Mexican-Americans but there doesn’t seem to be a blanket term to unite all brown people other than under some Euro Spanish umbrella. The brown community should think of a new name.

k, so clearly u missed my points about not interfering with how someone else chooses to go about their respective identity in the face of colonial forces.

But since u decided to ignore that, i’ll pick apart how u speaking on my personal terms with a misinformed idea about my history was a bad choice on ur part.

The first of many mistakes that u sought fit to spew onto the world was to think of ‘Chicanx’ as a term that had any potential in addressing the diversity/complexity that is the larger latin american community as a whole, when it is a term whose history is specific to only mexican americans.

((Like..How can u tell me that chicanx is a more ‘politically conscious term’ when ur bases for that is under the assumption that all “brown people” [not all latinx are brown, so…go u for mistake number 2~] should align themselves with a term specifically meant for mexican americans???))

Latinx is NOT ‘basically the same thing’ as hispanic…

Latinx is a term specific to latin americans who recognize the impact of our history with colonization from latin-language based nations (Spain, Portugal, etc), which many of us across borders have shared in different ways, while hispanic is a recognition/alignment to Spanish origins that doesn’t just involve people in the Americas.

((Also… not sure what ur point in bringing up “Why don’t more ‘latin’ activists ID as chicanx like my smarty smarts university students and professors???” was other than an attempt to make ur proposal to substitute ‘chicanx’ identity for latin american identity as a whole seem more credible based on classist assumptions on ‘higher’ education))

Mestizx is a term that originated  from the Spanish casta system that was used in their social casting projects during colonization, so for once u aren’t wrong to say that words like ‘mestizx’ and ‘latinx’ (no genderedized language pls…) have their beginnings in europe. 

But that isn’t something that we’re trying to hide under the covers to begin with.

Both latinx and mestizx have since been reclaimed terms for latin americans who have more differences between one another than similarities, although one of the bigger similarities being the fact that all of us are impacted by past conquests of European superpowers (though in different ways) who have had latin based languages.

My interests in identifying as latinx over hispanic isn’t to omit the Spanish part of my history, it was a personal choice to avoid placing it at the forefront my own being.

I don’t believe in erasing a history that i find ugly. Which is the same reason why I don’t believe that calling myself ‘native’ over ‘mestizx’ is going to change anything about how European influence has had a part in my creation.

Mestizx is a term that has been reclaimed by people who have lost connection to their native ancestry under spanish colonizers and often lack other means to self identify.

Unfortunately, there are mestizx (as well as many chicanx in the mexica movement for example) who have turned their ideas of ‘reclamation’ of ‘native identity’ in their decolonization efforts as a cover for the continuation of oppressive mestizaje ideologies; which target, erase, and kill traditional/connected latin american natives who have fought mestizx assimilation since the beginning in our communities.

Though i support challenging people to become more insightful about the terms/structure of colonial hierarchies, trying to bypass a legacy of mestizx working to erase/silence native latin american in the name of “decolonization” is something that i have to fight against.

That’s why i choose to call myself a mestiza. Because that’s how i recognize myself in history. I understand its origins and implications, i know how people like me came to be, and what we have/are participating in.

I don’t need or want you to try to blanket my identity as “chicanx” because that experience is not a part of my history, and i will not identify as ‘native’ because im honest enough with myself to know where to respectfully set my boundaries.

Kindly fuck off with this faux “#decolonization” “#viva aztlan” shit that you’re telling me i need to swallow.

There wasn’t a damn word you said that i found ‘liberating’ to my self identity in latinidad.

- liz