05 11 / 2012
"I was supposed to be a Mexican, then came Manifest Destiny and I became Mexican American, then came the Census Bureau and I became Hispanic, then came that white woman and I became a spic, then came that one Ethnic Studies class and I became Chicano, then came Cherríe Moraga and I became Xicano. In the end, it’s just me and my unsolicited opinion."
30 6 / 2012
While as a light-skinned Chicano con papales from a stable household in a predominantly low income neighborhood with high dropout rates and crime…I have to say - I personally feel as if I am trying to prove I’m “Mexican” enough, that because of my speech and pigmentation, I’m not a “sellout”, that because I talk ‘white’ doesn’t mean I’m trying to be ‘white’. i brush up on my barrio history, support la lucha, for the well being of the greater community but to also remind myself that i am too Chicano and can be apart of contributing with folks to the cause. even listening to corridos and speaking spanglish in order to enseńar que yo soy uno of the Mexicò-americanos.
.meanwhile…….you have a great portion of undocumented Latina/os trying to assimilate and show that their just as American and wear brand name clothes, knowing the mainstream artists…people you would assume are not of an immediate immigrant generation or are separated from their ethnic heritage, because they’re trying their best to take on this segunda identity of their previous pais.
just an observation. maybe ill never be good enough for some people (especially ella). I’m not trying to be a victim, but just typing some words on this thing.