So I’ve been absent from your lives for almost 2 years. As it is for many of us that care beyond ourselves and want to leave the world better than we inherited it, the everyday emotional trauma and labor that comes from living in this country and challenging it’s issues became a little overwhelming. That, complied with a lot of personal shit I had to work through and it ending my marriage,I realized I needed a break.
TW: Discussing patriarchy, rape culture and misogyny because I’m accountable to the universe.
The last 6 years have been an incredible journey into who I am today, but if you’ve met me in this last 4 years, you’ve hopefully benefited from my ally-ship and newly found feminist ideals. I must be honest about who I was before that though, for no other reason than to show men that they too are capable of change for the greater good of all humanity.
I’ve never been physically violent against anyone who didn’t ask for it but, never not once against women. I say this because as a society, we often see physical violence as being the only way to hurt someone.
I was manipulative with words, hurtful and at times abusive with them too; not just to women but anyone who “crossed me”. My time as a Solider was spent being the target of slander because of my weight and inability to perform as a result of it. I learned to perfect using words as weapons. I perpetuated rape culture in spaces that incubate the same and since I was surrounded by *mostly* men who talked, acted and treated others the same way I did (like shit), it was easy for me to feel validated in my behavior. I’ve used language *at times in front of women* that was belittling and sexually discriminatory. Exacerbated by the myth of manhood, my misogynist ways grew to an all-time high thanks to patriarchy *that I wasn’t aware of* and my unearned male privilege.
Though I was raised by women my entire life, without realizing it, I perpetuated oppression among them in familial spaces as well w/ my sisters, aunts and cousins … my mother. My entire life has been one huge unearned benefit in certain ways. I’m calling myself out to hold myself accountable to women I want to be an ally to and especially those I hold on a pedestal. But that’s not all …
I’m calling myself out because the men on my friends list need to understand that while we may not have done anything to create patriarchy and looooove to say #NotAllMen as if it alleviates us from our human obligation, we certainly benefit from it and perpetuate all its negative aspects on the regs. The language we use when we think no one’s listening. The language we use when know someone’s listening. The gestures we make because we think it makes us more of a “man” among our peer groups. The way we creep then pounce on a woman *or man* who tries to call out their damaging and abusive ways to make themselves feel better about their language. #IDid
Lately I’ve been the target of slander and misaccusations by men *mostly veterans* who feel I’m a “p*ssy” since I take a hard stance against violence against women and the abusive of power by our government and law enforcement. It’s not misdirected by their view since they knew who I was years ago. I have a couple of question for all of you …Is it so hard to believe that someone *like who I was* can change? Is it so hard to believe that a culture that had such a strong hold on a person can be dismissed and reimagined in a way that contradicts who one used to be? I don’t think it is *hard to believe*.
See guys *or anyone for that matter* … one of the hardest things to do is look at yourself and admit that you’re capable of such ugliness … to admit that you (as in men in general) have been the reason that women in your life have not advanced as much as they deserved to. But we need to … we need to accept responsibility for something we didn’t do otherwise, you’re just as complicit in the violence that continues to plague our relationships and perpetuate rape culture in spaces we claim to care about.
It’s not brave to follow norms. It’s not brave to be like everyone else … swim against the current, see what the world looks like from the other side of it. Take a chance and be brave … change, THAT’S brave.
Wednesday the Texas State Board of Eduction held a “soft vote” on whether the state should adopt a textbook titled Mexican American Heritage that critics claim was riddle with mierda and pedo ...
Hoy … at 10:49 am, they held the final and official vote …
THE BOOK WAS UNANIMOUSLY VOTED DOWN 14-0
The Texas State Board of Education, on a racist, discriminatory and offensive textbook being proposed for Mexican American Studies, again votes UNANIMOUSLY to keep that book out of Texas publics schools!
Congratulations to all the Sheroes and Heroes that worked diligently to defend Mexican American Studies!!!
Congratulations to the Texas State Board of Education on exhibiting common sense in deciding to #rejectthetext !!!
Today the TSBOE voted unanimously (w/ one Republican member absent; Bradley) 14-0 to NOT adopt the racists and discriminatory textbook Mexican American Heritage.
Let’s not bust out the piñatas just yet though, raza. This was just a preliminary vote and while it’s optimistic to think they’ll vote the same way on Friday, there’s still a day and a half for the publisher to answer submissions on errors.
While it seems unlikely, it’s still possible that those “answers” might sway votes. Especially since Momentum Instruction, the publishing company drawing this negative attention, is using a former member of the TSBOE, Cynthia Dunbar, as the lead on this proposal.
Aver que pasa …
Politics is a very personal thing to a lot of people; the upcoming 2016 presidential election is no different. The US voters have been left with the difficult decision to settle on candidates who are both highly flawed. In critiquing their resumes, it becomes extremely easy for us to focus on what they've done while negating what they're going to do once in office, given the power that office comes with. This vlog will describe one of those very important decisions presidents make and more specifically, the power the next president will hold over policy in the United States.
It's been a while since I last blogged but even then, I was addressing the amount of privilege in our society, especially among friends of mine who fail to garner compassion for lives of color. They insist on victim blaming and claiming ´Murica has no flaws. Well ...
These last few days I’ve been posting a lot of comments on my social media pages regarding the recent murders of black lives by law enforcement. I’ve been tagged in many posts, been sent numerous private messages and texts and received a few phone calls. All but one attacked my position on the recent events including the murdering of Dallas Police Officers.
They went a little something like this … “Have you lost your balls? “Now you’re siding with liberal pussies?” “What happened to the rock solid leader I knew in the Army?” “Did you forget what country you fought for?” “You’ve been in combat. Do you really not get how fucking hard it is for cops out there?” Then there was that one video [that got sent to me 6 times … in a private messages I might add] circulating the internet showing cops shooting Anglos at a much higher rate than POC (People of Color). Yes, one video.
I want to make something clear for the those of you who think that the peanut butter and jelly can’t go on the same side of the sandwich … It’s possible to support two causes!
I support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Period. But that doesn’t mean I want police officers murdered either, because I support them too. Let me be clear, the good ones. The ones who are out there checking their bias everyday. The ones who take the time to get to know the communities they work in. My position on #BLM doesn't mean other lives don't. It just means that right now the lives of POC are being subjected to these types of incidents at a higher rate than anyone else and so for me, yes, that matters.
Also for another point of clarity … #BlackLivesMatter aren’t exclusively saying that no other lives matter either you pompous dipshits.
I’m gonna let you in on a little secret the rest of the civilized world knows. Looking at society through a polarized lens does not allow the human heart to have compassion for the struggle that lies between those lines. So when you think that you have to be this or that, it’s ok to be both.
One message tried to argue that white people living in poverty have it just as bad as people of color in general. This from a person who I’ve never once seen post or advocate those poor whites … ever. My response, “I’m not white, you are. If you advocate for them, I’d support you.” But one thing I didn’t have time to explain was that regardless of what rung of the socioeconomic ladder that demographic finds themselves on …THEY’RE STILL WHITE!!! By that fact they’re still able to enjoy a certain amount of privilege that comes with being white. Period.
Look, I get that law enforcement is a tough line of work. But it was a choice. Having colored skin isn’t. Police officers are human beings however, when they subscribe to that uniform, certain morals and values accompany it. They’re held to a higher standard and are expected to conduct themselves with a certain amount of professionalism than an everyday citizen; just like our military. I know what’s it’s like to just have been shot at and have to maintain control over my emotions when engaging the general public while looking for the trigger person.
Here’s part of the problem … A lot of cops have a “God” complex. Instead of humbling themselves and understanding the struggle they over react and abuse their authority then, end up escalating situations beyond the point they needed, furthering the violence and bad relationships between the community they’re supposed to serve and themselves.
But here’s something White America may not realize … People of Color always have to be cautious with our reaction to hostility so we don’t prove stereotypes true. White people don't have to worry about that. So when there’s an issue with systemic prejudice [because that’s a real thing] we’re expected to act all cordial like and conform? Chale homie.
Think of the armed stand-off in Colorado and how that was handled … AND THEY TOOK GOVERNMENT LAND! Think of the Bundy Ranch situation and how those on people were treated by law-enforcement. The double standard being enforced in Communities of Color needs to stop!
If you think the activism happening today won't change anything tomorrow, you're right; for now. Change didn't happen overnight after civil rights movement. We’re still fighting the same racial mechanisms today that they were fighting then, those mechanisms just look different. It takes generations for change to take place but it starts right now with you reading this blog.
Here’s what’s funny about all this … all my “friends” who sent me these messaged/videos/calls claim to care about humanity but fall short of doing the one thing that would demonstrate their sincerity.
Not one asked what they can do to be an ally. No one offered an ear to get insight to a world they’ve not encountered. They were all fast to judge my position without taking a moment to understand why. All they knew is my views contradicted theirs and it was enough. Hiding behind private messages because chances are, they’re afraid of what others may think of their view. Humanity is naturally good. Society manipulates it, WE FUCK IT UP.
So much for my right to freedom of speech I guess.
Dear White People,
For decades our government has been trying to sell us on the idea that we live in a “post-racial” society and that racism no longer has a place in the national conversation. Many of you (as well as other ethnicities) have used this false sense of living to validate your own hidden racism … and that’s okay. *not really* You’re going to be who you want but don’t try to project your hatred and anger onto me. It’s pretty tacky. You calling me racist because I’m proud to claim my indigeneity and heritage of Native Royalty is hypocritical. It simply proves my point.
Many of you claim Affirmative Action balanced the playing field leaving no need for protest against “the machine.” Some of you even use the line (and this is my favorite one) “I don’t see color” defending the white hetero-patriarchy that in your misguided mind doesn’t exists. Guess what … Affirmative Action? Primarily helps those entering higher education and doesn't do much for the rest of the minority community at large. Pull ourselves up by our bootstraps you say? That archaic phrase doesn’t apply to those who have no boots to begin with. Besides, how are Mexican Americans supposed to do that when the boot straps are corporately owned? We’re more like the heel on that boot supporting the rest of the country with our labor and numbers because THAT’S our capital. Oh yeah, when you claim to “not see color” at a meager attempt to separate yourself from racist ideology, you’re implying you don’t see me. I’m a man of color, my experience is unique. My struggle is shared by those who look like me rooted in the history of Tejaztlan. “I am the masses of my people and I refuse to be absorbed” into the shadows for the sake of your comfort. I was born in a struggle and I’ve never had the privilege of light skin many Anglos had/have. THAT’S your privilege.
The inception of your hatred towards Mexican@s is deeply rooted in the U.S.’s ability to effectively market a demographic to the uneducated masses. So you see, you’re a victim as much as anyone else. Your concern now is that we’re educating ourselves and speaking out against the wrath of mierda … excuse me, that means shit (see what I did there? I just made an assumption/stereotype that you didn’t speak Spanish because you’re White. Doesn’t feel good does it?).
So do what we’re doing and unlearn all that hatred and relearn compassion. Help us bridge the racial divide not make it bigger. If you think there’s nothing wrong with the current state of existence in the U.S., then think of how many times Whites misappropriate Mexican culture for the benefit of a laugh or satirical event. You can’t stand us but you’ll have a “Cholo” themed party. Our presence in society is displeasing to you yet you can’t wait to have Enchiladas Verdes at your local Tex-Mex restaurant. Our work ethic is reduced to criminal status but you can’t wait to have your salad or T-Bone steak because guess what, a Mexican@ pick that head of lettuce or processed that head of cattle.
Are there some aspects of our culture that are undesirable? Yes, just like yours. Wait … what does White culture even look like without some ethnic influence? Anyway, not the point. Bottom line is we’ve been painted with damaging broad strokes of a hatred drenched brushes for centuries. Thanks to the Spaniards wiping out most indigenous artifacts, present day knowledge is the courtesy of Spanish invaders through THEIR lens. Our narrative has been written FOR us by some NOT like us and it’s fed through an IV to our children in schools. THAT’S why many Mexican Americans feel as if there’s nothing left to fight for. Because the rhetoric has conditioned us to defend the very mechanisms of oppression that keeps that boot under water.
… and before you jump on that tired ass bandwagon of blame stating “Mexicans do it to themselves … I worked hard for what I have … no one handed me anything … I earned every penny” think about this … this shit feels personal doesn’t it? THAT’S what it feels like when Anglo culture points the finger of blame at ALL people of color without understanding the intricacies of it’s culture/existence.
Also, though some of you may fall in that Working Class Anglo group, you still had privilege in skin color whether you want to admit it or not, and still do. You’ll never have to send your children out of the house and worry if a dirty cop is targeting them with their own internalized stereotypes for violent acts.
So I leave you with this … being culturally proud and rooted in my Xcano identity is NOT racist and just because you say it is doesn’t make it true. If you think it is, perhaps you should re-examine the view you’re taking on it. Be honest with yourself, acknowledge your privilege and have a revolution in your heart and mind.
Reflections on Wounded Knee and the Current State of Chicanx Identity: What are YOU doing about it?
The United States takes great privilege in claiming independence as part of it’s founding ideals pero, if you stop and take a look at its history, you’ll find que es puro pedo. In addition, we’ve never once been independent since we became a country; and even before that. We can always take a look back on US History and find oppression and deviousness; the massacre at Wounded Knee is no different. A brief history …
Wounded Knee was the slaughter of Lakota Natives who occupied land the US Government desired because gold had been found in the Black Hills there in 1890. An initial scouting party composed of the 7th US Cavalry was met with push back from the Lakota and after losing that battle, they came back with reinforcements to take what they wanted. After an accidental discharge, thousands of Sioux died.
In US History courses, people of color, brown and red particularly, are often criminalized as savages and delinquents as explained in this article . Even as a child, I was learning what I thought was true. “The land needed to be ridded of these uncivilized populations” I remember my 3rd grade teacher Ms. Davis saying in a Collins Garden classroom (it was my first attempt at the 3rd grade). I thought to myself, “I like them though.” I wasn’t about to challenge her lecture because I didn’t feel like getting another “lick” from the Assistant Principal; my nalgas couldn’t take it anymore. But the remnants of Wounded Knee aren’t in some far away place in time. They are very much near us today. The oppressive forces just look a little different than those vatos on horses with guns assassinating us in plain sight.
Pretty basic actually … the Lakota had something the US wanted, gold. In a Post-Industrial Revolution era, the idea of capitalism was on the rise and nothing would deter its determination for growth and prosperity. Much like the US sought advancement then, they still do today and Mexicanxs are at the giving end of that dynamic. Our ancestral inheritance has been robbed from us though. The currency Mexicanxs posses today no es monetary, es part of the fabric de nuestra identidad, our labor. We have been the foundational support for a majority of the industries in this country; agriculture, factory, service, warehouse, and domestic servitude are some. Pero because we don’t contribute in terms of feria, our contributions are pushed into shadows. Ever seen “A Day Without a Mexican?” It seems kind of silly to consider but it’s a reality we live everyday. We aren’t being physically annihilated the way the Sioux were though. Today, that form of murder looks different.
The lack of presence of Mexican Americans in history books our kids learn from is an indirect way of disenfranchising our experience. When a majority of Raza lacks formalized education, we tend to listen/follow/believe popular trends in mainstream media and perpetuate it’s messages. In other words ... because a lot of Mexican Americans are not educated, we believe anything we see on the TV/Radio/Internet. When those messages are ridiculing immigration (and this is just one example), we believe ALL immigrants are to blame.
So the sad part is that those in power only need gives us the tools to decimate one another and we do the work for them. The Lakota at least stood up for themselves, today a majority of us are rolling over and taking it or worst, WE’RE PERPETUATING IT!!!
So while we’re not being physically slayed (although some would argue given the current state of police encounters with POC), the memory of our ancestors and heritage is being forgotten. We are being taught to place value on things that do nothing to elevate our thinking and heighten our consciousness.
What we need to realize is that we have currency, valuable currency to contribute. It’s our presence … our labor, and there’s no price in the world that can validate the treatment we’ve received as a people over the years. But first, we have to learn to value ourselves and stop feeding the Chisme Mill con pedo that damages all of us. All that kind of unedited mierda does is validate internalized racism in those who wish to do harm to us and justify the discriminatory behavior that will surely ensue.
We may not be the richest people in the world but we are descendants of royalty … KNOW THAT! It’s time we begin to recognize that part of ourselves, honor the sacrifices of our predecessors and act accordingly. Orale … Palánte!
If your social media accounts are anything like mine, you’ve got a pretty diverse set of “friends.” Our social media accounts are often a reflection of our experiences since it allows you to reconnect with people you had the most minimal encounter with. Lets consider my social media page as a reflection of my life. I have religious friends since many of my family and friends are. I have secular friends since institutionalized faith is not for everyone. There are Conservatives and Liberals, Republicans and Democrats and smart and not so smart people. So sometimes, the things I post/share are met with contempt and sometimes agreement but mostly, ignored because I’m also Xcano / Latino and part of the one of the most uneducated demographics in the U.S. I’ve been in the military and in higher education settings allowing me to experience both ends of the mental spectrum.
Recently I shared an article on my personal Facebook page with an image depicting a woman and toddler girls in the photo with tape over their mouths and the elder male holding a sign which read “Peace on Earth” while the male child was posturing a “thumbs up” as in approval; it was met with disgust from some and approval by others. The discussion quickly turned aggressive because one of my conservative leaning friends engaged in name calling and making assumptions about the women who were trying to educate him and respond to his comments. This got me thinking about how easy it is for anyone to dismiss other people’s positions.
I don’t’ party affiliate (take democratic or republican sides) but I have my views. In this case, they certainly didn’t align with this gentleman’s point-of-view (POV). I was actually pretty disturbed at how willing he was to be dismissive of intellectual dialogue and how easily he rejected the notion that he could be wrong in his claims which says little of how disappointed I was with his complete lack of respect for my friends. I then received private messages from others like him (whom I’d served in the military with) asking, “what happened to you?” “Have you become a traitor to your country?” … this actually happens a lot
Here’s my insight …
I can understand the positions many conservatives take on issues. Many of the Conservatives I know are either veterans or closely attached to their sense of patriotism. They need factual based evidence to substantiate their arguments and hide behind legislative “ah-hahs” to validate their reasoning. Many times, their ideology aligns with the “pull yourselves up by your bootstraps” mentality but often forgets that not everyone has boots. While I tend to dissect the understanding that law dictates human interaction, it causes a riff between my Conservative leaning friends and I. I get it already!
Look, I get that your identity is intimately ascribed to the notion that if you did it, everyone else can but listen. You’re not everyone else and everyone else isn’t you! To think that your status as a Veteran some how bestows privilege on you that others don’t have is a silly notion … and before you say you don’t, take some time to be honest with yourself and see that you do. Here’s a reality check for you though, the world is not as absolute as you’d like to think it is. It’s evolving faster than our laws can keep up with. This is why dialogue is important. So we can continue the debate in public spaces accommodating the inevitable to happen instead of keeping with the same outdated conservative views. You have to be willing to effectively and openly discuss though. This means setting aside your views/differences to find a way to engage in societal problems for a larger purpose than yourself.
I get that you need reasoning. A lot of times we believe the reasoning of law because we fought defending it but the reality is we fought defending a way of life and an individual’s right to interpret how life should be lived free of persecution for their views. When Conservatives impose their beliefs simply because it aligns with legislative agendas and fiscal arguments, it shuts off dialogue in some spaces where evolution is occurring everyday. I’m a veteran who cares about everyone’s right to freedom whether I like their version of it or not; humanity’s especially. But here’s why mine differs from yours …
I have compassion. Compassion for experiences that are not my own. Compassion for things I don’t understand. The way many people have blind faith in a deity they can’t see, I have blind faith in a humanity that can create change. I don’t need a law to tell me how to be a good person, I just give it a shot and BAM!, it happens. I don't need your Conservative rhetoric telling me how to be responsible either. Our socially constructed laws do not dictate the kind of person I’m going to become and neither does religion. Disagreeing with a person’s views doesn’t make me bad, it means I’m exercising the right to freedom I’ve fought for and fought for others to have. But if I were to ridicule and insult in the process, that would change things.
It’s my compassion that keeps me open-minded and unafraid of change. If I assume anything, it’s that people are innately good. But here’s why it seems I argue more than anything else. I’m intimately attached to issues that are prevalent in national discourse today. Healthcare, immigration, gun violence, police brutality against people of color; these are all issues living in the communities I live and work in. I see their effects first hand and I’ve personally experienced them as well. I’m not seeing them through a television set where I can sit back and judge them from afar. I see what is important and see what kind of impact we need. I’m invested because I want the world and burden it comes with to be as minimal as possible for my grandkids.
Look Conservative peeps … no one is trying to silence your voice or take back Aztlán from the U.S., get that silliness out of your mouths. I just care … obviously more than others. Also, before you start crying about budget reforms and how detrimental my caring is for the national debt, consider the political views you have, who they support and ask yourself if your thinking can use some overhauling.
But don’t worry … because you care more about your bottom line than humanity, I’ll care enough for all of you too.
- El León
As we prepare to stuff our turkeys and accept friends and relatives into our cantons, it’s important we remember what this day is really about. Your social media pages have probably been flooded with memes decrying the idea of European “discovery.” While many of them are true, what was lost is much more precious. Our Indigeneity. Too many times we confuse what we are thankful for with materialistic things that give our life identity and meaning. We forget about nuestra historia that also enriches our futuro. The Thanksgiving holiday is one that has been colonized over the centuries. The point is we erroneously celebrate this day based off of inaccuracies we've been taught our whole lives.
As the narrative is told countless times, Native Americans are portrayed as being rescued juxtaposed to their Pilgrim counter parts. This tale couldn’t be any more false. Today, Texas schools are doing a better job conveying the reality of this holiday pero there’s still room for improvement. European immigrants are stilled viewed as a “settler” and still celebrated for their “accomplishments.” The indigenous narrative is only mentioned as a background role in this telling.
I think back to when I was a chavalón in elementary school. I was asked to bring a grocery bag (back then they were brown and made from paper) so that I’d be able to use it to make my “Indian head band.” I was excited to do so because after all, the things I was learning in school eran la verdad. In retrospect, the mere assumption that the pride Native Warriors possessed to dawn this type of garb could be relegated to symbolism made by a throw away bag is extremely offensive. There is great honor in in wearing a Head-Dress and dismissing it as trash has become how we view our Indigeneity. This gesture imposed on innocent minds lends to the existing idea that nothing in my indigenous history is worthy of deep consideration. We’ve done this long enough and what’s more, it hasn’t gotten any better since we have Mexicanas/os using Indigenous themed apparel to dress up for Halloween further misappropriating nuestra cultura. The message we send to other ethnicities when we do stupid shit like this is that it’s okay for them to do it and it validates the internalized racism many of them feel. Especially in ‘Murica.
Ironically, a movie intrigued me enough to ask questions at a young age. There’s a scene in Addams Family Values where Wednesday, the daughter, challenges the traditional idea of how the first Thanksgiving went down. There is some offensive language and symbolic authenticity but the message is clear. Natives did not know what was in store for them and their futures.
Even with today’s easy accessibility to information, the History.com website, a prominent source for historical narratives, refuses to acknowledge that turkey was an element present in the Americas long before the arrival of European invaders and it was the Natives who introduced it at the first Thanks-taking. They prefer to align the importance of this meal by placing wild fowl of various kinds along side the prestige of the turkey again, alienating the rich history it has. The Washington Post has a much more historically factual account of this. Quick fact: the turkey wasn’t just a bird, it was a symbol of respect in first nations. It was a gift in many occasions reflecting the stature of an event or individual. Even for all the assistance given to the immigrants, not but 20 years later they returned the generosity by bring disease and treachery that wiped out most of the indigenous population. Still the greater image eludes us.
Traditionally the first Thanksgiving explained that “Pilgrims” were escaping religious persecution and were aided by Natives. But the narrative that Natives and European refugees lived in harmony and celebrated “friendship” from that point on is a meager attempt at a white-washed version of those events. This is what little Mexicanas/os are learning in their schools. We aren’t acknowledging this as the holocaust that it is? We don’t have to condone Thanksgiving because it’s become a part of who Mexican Americas are today pero, we don’t have to forget how we got here either. Ours is a deeply seeded heritage that has been the target of extermination for centuries but we don’t address that. As parents, we trust in the institution of education to teach our kids what they need to know. But there’s a huge disparity between the cultural aspect of their education and the reality they are living. [I’ll get into textbooks in Texas in an Editorial coming soon]
Schools aren’t obligated to teach students about their history or cultura. They simply have to meet the education standards that their state sets for them. Since working in education, I’ve seen many Principals that have agency in their position simply disregard cultural relevance in education for the sake of advancing their own careers. It’s sad when standardized test scores are what reflect their version of “success” while the students in their halls are failing at life. The same goes with language. Gloria Anzaldua once stated that “Language is twin skin to identity.” That couldn’t be truer but we’ve grown so distant from speaking Spanish for many reasons and we rely on the schools to teach it to our kids eventually.
I’ve said this chingo times in my bogs and Editorials. We live in an information age. Knowledge is at our fingertips and we knowingly chose to ignore it!
Take the time to educate yourself on ANYTHING! Don’t fall victim to the same mechanisms that have kept Mexican Americans in the dark on many important discussions. I bring this up now because this holiday and what it represents in the larger picture is distorted and Raza insist on perpetuating it’s falsities instead of learning and changing the paradigm to celebrate our own contributions.
We can’t be sheep forever. If we help advance the account that we’re uneducated and rely on others, the government specifically, for survival, we prove every stereotype true.
Have a great holiday, remember the Indigeneity in you and it’s desire to resist. Perpetuate that and not the White Supremacist ideology that keeps us living quiet and being the propellant for someone else’s agenda. Everyone under the sun has an opinion but forget that, develop a voice.
Educate your thinking and have a revolution in your mind.
Born in San Anto, raised by the barrio, educated by both.