why im not upset i don’t work for mainstream journalism anymore is seeing how ahistorical our media is with everything, with shit going down in Ferguson, the Central American kids, and any and all fuckery that has 50 thousand historical precedents
You know I got really sad, I probably cried I don’t remember but sounds like me, when Honduras coup e’tat happened. I grew up with stories of my parents…like I’d be young and my mom would be like ”I remember my first coup when I was a little girl and the bodies of political dissidents floating down the river.” I don’t blame her for being frozen by fear to be anything but politically “neutral” her whole life in ES. And like I do have a lot of Honduran fam in the last generation, and my parents grew up on their border so I don’t really differentiate them as separate from us as people. And as contrary as it may seem, I’m not super invested in Salvadoran or Cent Am nationalism…
Well I was upset because I knew the lingering consequences would be long term in some way because that’s how this shit goes. I saw it like now it’s our neighbors turn to absorb the most of the U.S.’s violence in the region [El Salvador isn’t as hot as it once was]. And well now we know the end result is fleeing children making adult decisions to escape death being send back to their death— among other things.
I had the opportunity to hear an in person talk w/ Zelaya’s wife (First lady of the ousted president) and I should post the video on Salva Cultura and do sort of a look back at the coup, which is like pretty recent and I know a good article just came out about it too I think.
my roommate has this chocolate flavored HEMP protein powder. it’s gross. it’s like trying to eat a chocolate bowl of bud and my oatmeal is now thick bong water. help me.
That speaking Mexican in LA article really spoke to me. My dad is light with green eyes and he made up this backstory that he’s from Jalisco, MX to fit in with co-workers. So he lost his accent quickly. My dad was always self-concious being a rural country boy from Chalatenango in El Salvador; like already sounding like a country bumpkin in his own country and feeling self-conscious. Then he crosses that Guatemala border, game changes and the linguistic assimilation becomes survival.
And he lost his accent so quick by the late 80s before I was born. He was living in DC for a year. And DC is super salvi- -the diaspora tends to retain the culture and accent way better than in LA (because Mexigemony is in LA). Some DC Salvi swung at him for sounding too Mexican for a Salvi, in some kind of weird let’s blame the victim for trying to survive thru linguistic assimilation. Shit’s wild and probably what fuels my academic language interest
I have so many theories on how social media + apps fucks up dating and how it should be the 1990s but I don’t have time and i am le tired.
its really irritating cus he doesnt realize how shit his “jokes” are. He got offended when I called him out on using fa**ot saying he was offended I didnt tell him sooner but I was literally thinking about what he might say or do back.
drop this “friend”. drop them forever.
I appreciate chanclazo's solidarity, this is a conversation i guess i have to begrudgingly have with mexican folks, however in these situations/reblogs I'm like oh no better turn off questions before aztlan rises in my inbox again
i told my mexican aquaintance my family is from el salvador and he was like “Oh so youre in ms?” as a joke but i didnt appreciate that
yah. asking salvies if they’re mara is the new asking italians if they’re mafia. you ask a mexican person if they’re in a cartel you’ll get popped in the face right quick too.
senorganjito said: i love using cerote because no one else knows what it means :3
Really in LA atleast some, many, Mexican people latch on to it and use it on us. It’s like so appalling like who said you could use that word, you cerote? I blacked out one of my first weekends here but I do remember I was speaking in Spanish& told some dude in Berkeley I was Salvi…and he was flagrant like…SO YOU ARE A CEROTE? how dare he. I kept my cool tho.
i have feelings about this, pero, idt they’re coherent yet.
like it’s a starting point to encapsulate all the microagressions based on salvadoran-mexican tensions we face: the stereotype in chicano media that salvadoran woman are fast, parents work discrimination, why all the TV in San Salvador is Televisa, suppressing my accent, why people steal words in my own damn dialect to use against me [cerote]
And the fact that it wasnt me, getting burned at the stake every 5 mins by Xicano tumblr, that invented it, but an indigenous woman from Oaxaca who herself dissociates strongly from the Mexican state and dominant culture. I mean i still planned to get burned at the stake tho, whatever i got SPF.
Mexi-gemony [mexican + hegemony] is a term invented by my Oaxacan roommate to illustrate the cultural hegemony Mexico has regionally on Central America but also in the Southwest USA to other latinos. I’m using it from now on.
When someone says a racist comment to you and uses the term “Mexican”
Your first response should NOT be
"I am not Mexican".
I have feelings about this.
On the one hand, yes a lot of times the visceral reaction that accompanies “I am not Mexican” comes from privileged Latin@s who mean to say “I am not this poor, illegal, brown type of Latin@.” And that’s fucked up because that Latin@ is in fact reifying that category of the undocumented Central American laborer. They are saying yes, I recognize that as a valid category, but I do not belong to it - I am better. They are saying yes, you can continue to construe this category as Other, as rightless labor, as non-person… just don’t lump me in with them!
I totally agree that your first response to racism should not be to separate yourself from the group being targeted, thus tacitly endorsing the initial racism.
On the other hand, a lot of Latin@s react to this due to representational issues (I want to push back on the idea of non-Mexican privilege). The fact is the Mexico dominates Latin American media - and not just in the U.S., by the way - so Mexicans are much more likely to see diverse and empathetic representations of themselves. This happens in the news, in the education system, in novelas, & yes in Hollywood too. This affects us when we are craving Latin@ spaces, foods, music, atmospheres.
What’s the problem? Latin America is really diverse & the Mexican lens that dominates the consciousness of Latinidad in the U.S. really doesn’t include a lot of Carribean and South American cultures. This means that one form of racism that non-Mexicans often face is concealment/erasure of our cultures in popular media and from Americans who think all Latin@s are the same (Mexican).
So yeah if someone says something racist about Mexicans, I’m definitely going to call that out before I even consider mentioning that I’m not Mexican.
But often I find myself explaining (even to so-called friends) that I’m not Mexican. That Latin America is actually made up of really diverse cultures. That no I don’t know who to make enchiladas.
Thank you for this response. I’m like so exhausted with the Mexi-gemony on the west coast among latinxs and in central america