these spaniards :)

K so I’m not done.

This is the year 2017 and I’m still having to yell about how ridiculous Maya extinction myths are and tell people we are ‘Maya’ not ‘Mayan’. I’m not saying shame shame if anyone reads this and didn’t know. I’m so angry concerning how slowly these issues are being picked up by educational institutions, at how often I have to bring these things up to higher education professors.

We are a massive massive group of peoples. One of the largest Indigenous groups in the Americas. Wikipedia cites 7 million or so of us total but honestly that’s way off because that’s about how many Maya folks there are in Guatemala alone.

We’re not dead. The Maya did not ‘mysteriously disappear’. We did not ‘fall’. We did not fade into obscurity. We’ve led revolts and rebellions against colonial powers for hundreds of years. We’ve had a big hand in shaping legislative definitions and protections for Indigenous Peoples in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

We haven’t lost our cultures. We’re constantly threatened and experience a lot of violence and have our resources stolen but we are still very much alive and our cultures have persisted.

And don’t even try me with the whole “Oh well we mean your CIVILIZATION disappeared, not you.” The structure of our societies and layout of our network changed and decentralized in many areas. That didn’t make us turn invisible. That didn’t make us not still be large in numbers with a relationship with our lands and lose influence in the areas we live. We still held power in large cities way after what people like to cite as “the fall of the Maya Civilization” (around 600-900 A.D. when we still had cities that we held power of until nearly 1700 when the last was “conquered” by Spain.)

Which brings me to the next issue. Being “conquered” or having a colonial government installed does not erase Indigenous societies or civilizations. That’s an extremely eurocentric way of thinking. We didn’t suddenly turn into Spaniards. We still had massive amounts of towns and villages with leaders. We still had our cultures, our trade, our networks, our influence, while Spain focused on putting up flags in our cities.

So yeah. All your history books have you all convinced that an extremely large group of people, with a greater population than more than half of the countries in Europe, all died out 1100 years ago.

Now try to imagine what kind of shit Indigenous Peoples with much less numbers and much lower access to resources go through.

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Thanks to our Kickstarter backers, we were able to work with a Spaniard composer we had only once dreamed to work with, Arturo Cardelús. His score has elevated our film in indescribable ways, and he has uploaded a piece of it for you to listen to on his Youtube channel. We were also able to fly out to meet him in LA for the live recording session of the score, which we’ll be sharing more about later. Check it out and give him some love!

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Spaniards complaining because you’ve given us 5 points.

I hope you die

fucking shit

holy shit fuck!

I’M SUPER ANGRY

how dare they do that

fuck you with a fucking cactus

I'm watching Eurovision with my friends and we’ve all shouted NOOOO

someone has given us points who the fuck has voted for us I’m declaring the war

who has given us points I’ll break their face

who the fuck would spend two fucking euros to vote for Spain

(screenshots by eimirallegro)

anonymous asked:

Is latinx a race?

I’m going to quote myself to answer this Anon, but short answer is “no”. Latinx is an ethnicity not a race. The longer and more detailed answer can fully be found in my article Being Latinx in Comics: Ignorance, Erasure, Whitewashing, Oh My!. But I copied some of the more relevant bits below.

All these problems with Latinx representation in comics comes down the the ignorance surrounding the Latinx identity. Comics as a medium don’t appear to have a clue what being Latinx is or how to represent Latinx people. To understand how to depict Latinxs in comics, we have to begin understanding the difference in what Hispanic and Latinx mean — what an ethnicity is — and how being Latinx and/or Hispanic is a racialized one.

To begin, it is a common misconception that Latinx and Hispanic peoples are one and the same. People who are Hispanic are people who descend where a country’s language is primarily Spanish-speaking and have ancestry that can be traced back to the Iberian Peninsula or Hispania. This includes Spaniards, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans, but it wouldn’t include Brazilians as the primary language spoken is Portuguese. Latinx identifies people from Latin countries, and have ancestry from Latin America (both south and central). So Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Colombians, and Brazilians. These differences are all due to a history of colonization at the hands of European countries such as Spain and Portugal.

You can be Hispanic but not Latinx, just as you can be Latinx but not Hispanic, and you can even identify as both. But no matter which a person may identify with, it doesn’t automatically mean they’re a person of color. Latinx or Hispanic both are an ethnicity not a race. You can be Hispanic and white, or Latinx and white. You can also be Latinx and a person of color or Hispanic and a person of color.

For example, Penelope Cruz is often mistaken for being Latina, but she is a Spaniard, making her Hispanic and at least part white (she may or may not have Romani ancestry). Another example is probably one of the most well known Hispanic actors to date, Antonio Banderas. However Banderas is another European Spaniard man, which makes him white. He is a white Hispanic actor.

Unlike Latina actress Rosie Perez who is an indigenous Boricua (Puerto Rican) woman. Or Salma Hayek whose father was Lebanese, and whose mother was native Mexican and Spanish making her both Latina and Hispanic and a woman of color. This is a lot of information at once, and it can be difficult to understand if we don’t understand what an ethnicity actually is.

An ethnicity is being apart of a specific social group that shares a similar culture, ancestry, and other cultural factors. To put it simply, race is determined by biology or genetics, while ethnicity is defined by culture.Common ethnicities Americans are familiar with are Greek, French, English, Irish, and German. But it is also known that these ethnicities are primary made of white Europeans (not to say there aren’t Greek, Italian, English, etc. who are also people of color). Other common ethnicities are: Latino/Hispanic, Arab, Jewish, and Romani. The aspect these specific ethnicities have in common is that they are racialized.

Latinx people are not a race, but still face discrimination in a similar form to racism. This goes for Jewish, Romani, and Arab individuals. There are plenty of racialized (or ethnic) stereotypes in our western media that paint a negative image of these individual groups. Arab people are terrorists, Jewish people are greedy and evil, Romani people are thieves, and Latinos are exotic or lazy. Though none of these groups are a specific race, their ethnicity has been racialized through a history of negative propaganda, fear, dehumanization, and purposeful negative misinformation. They’ve also been given exaggerated ethnic features to differentiate them from white Europeans or those of white European descent.Spaniards are white. They are not Latinx. The indigenous Latinx populations in Central and South America were colonized by Spaniards, suffering similar inhuman injustices that Native Americans faced at the hands of the British when coming to North America.

Hope this helps Anon, I’d also check out @misangremellama @reclaimingthelatinatag for more in-depth information. 

So like, there’s that pseudo-historical story that gets repeated that when the conquistadors arrived in Mexico they were regarded as white-skinned gods, which you would think on the surface is so ridiculous and self-congratulatory no one would buy it but its still repeated in high school classrooms across the country. I counter that there were way better, real stories that y’all have never heard, that disprove this idea of ignorant natives with no clue who or what these white men were. (These are from Bernal Diaz’s firsthand account The Conquest of New Spain, itself obviously not an impartial source but not as steeped in myth as later accounts)

1. When Cortez’s ships first approached the Mexican coast, they were greeted by cries of Castilan! Castilan! (aka Castilian, as in the Castile region of Spain) This is because a good while prior two Spaniards had become marooned in that area after a shipwreck. One, a priest, scorned the locals but learned some of the language, serving as Cortez’s translator until Malinche became his mistress. The other “went native,” joining the local tribe and adopting their culture. When the Spanish arrived, the priest asked if he wanted to come join Cortez, to which the other man refused, as he now had married an indigenous woman, had children, and received the tattoos and piercings common to local warriors. He would go on to die fighting the Spanish when they later waged a genocidal campaign against that region’s population, with a statue in the area honoring his memory to this day. 

2. The idea that the Spanish looked totally dissimilar, to the point of seeming like “white-skinned gods,” is extra ridiculous when you learn that one of the tribe fighting along side Cortez (the Spanish won much less for their “advanced technologies, which amounted to about 8 muskets and a rusty cannon, and much more for the 500,000 Mexican allies they rallied against the Aztecs, whose numbers were soon decimated by the biological calamity of smallpox) there was an indigenous man who looked so similar that they began to joke about “our Cortez” and “their Cortez.”

Idk, that book is one of the first things that got me into history, and I would much rather relay random anecdotes from it to my tumblr peeps than write my final papers rn :p

a lot of young girls dont consider the truly intricate association between a woman’s femininity (and expression of it) and her personhood. when you’re raised to perform elaborate methods to look presentable (makeup, skin care, shaving, waxing, etc) you see them as the norm and can very easily forget that your natural state is your ideal state. its easy to grow up hating your natural self and developing a dependency on make up, and often it does genuinely make you feel good to buy new makeup, try new products, try new looks because you’ve developed this relationship with looking a certain way and theres no quick way out of it. this “good feeling” doesnt stem from an innate need to put on concealer or feel terrible if you didnt have the time to and still have to leave the house. the need to have unnaturally clear skin, dark long lashes, blushing cheeks- it has eurocentric origins yes , but its also very much a reminder that our self esteem is very closely controlled by a select group of industries that heavily profit from our dependency. It’s more than that though. Men find ways to associate femininity with our respect. Punishments to misbehaviour always include threats of taking that away from us- when I was a child my father would threaten to shave my head, and I recently found out this isnt an uncommon occurrence. Shaving a womans head and parading her naked is something that was done by the French, the Spaniards, and probably all over the world. Men believe that this conformation to femininity is what makes us women- which is an extremely disrespectful theme that is being carried forward by mainstream liberal feminism. Womanhood is not defined by a set of beauty standards imposed on us by men to begin with, it is being born with a vagina and having that affect you every day of your life. It is all the unique experiences that negatively impact the quality of your life solely because you are a woman. There’s no need to defend the choice to wear makeup or be feminine. We need to step up for the butch women, the gnc women, the women brave enough to tell the world that they dont care who is watching or what anybody else wants. They have taken their personhood into their own hands. They are the ones who need our support and respect.