People take knowing Spanish and English for granted, when I say people I mean young people, sons and daughters, and granddaughter and grandsons who are the descendants of hard working sacrificing parents.

They don’t realize
they have two worlds
on the tip of their tongue,
bridged by their very existence,
that this heritage is rich and all the reasons Texas public education/society does not want them to recognizes its wealth, the richness, the life, the power on the very tip of their tongues.

Bilingual people are beautiful.
Latino Americans are beautiful.
We are beautiful.

We have a power that we don’t even realize it runs in our veins and it bronzes in the sun. Our history has been one of strife, one of pain, one of violence yet we prevail. We have a future, and it’s time we claim it.

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27 Nov 13 at 9 am

farfromthepacific:

America is so weird sometimes. To give it credit I love the diversity of America. I look at my classroom every day and still can’t believe all the students are the same nationality. It’s just so strange to me. I’m still not used to it.

I’m glad I was brought up in America, because I know if I…

"I’m sad because I really never tried to actively retain the Greek culture my parents try so hard to give us. I should have appreciated things more when I was younger. I should have taken Greek classes. I really should have been prouder about my heritage. I always seemed to kind of just brush it off. If I wasn’t named Demosthenes, would I even tell people I am Greek?"

No, Demo I feel this so hard, my mom was always wanting us to learn Spanish and be proud of ourselves and Mexico and our heritage but we’ve ignored it. The Mexican in being Mexican American, especially in Texas where generations after  generations tried so hard to rid themselves of any “culture.” 

It does weird things to different people. I am one of 4 and because I left Texas I saw the damage or the danger in it, in suppressing or ignoring our “culture” but my brothers and my sister don’t care. They don’t see it, not because they don’t want to but they are used to the questions about their skin about their families and they have tried with everything in their might to change what they can about themselves. They have American names, and like you I’m the only one with a Spanish name, is that way I care so much? Because I’ve had no choice? Because I’ve had problems with the r’s in my name since day 1 of my formal education? Splitting my home life from my school/outside life? Would it even be the same for me if my name was Sarah?

Last year in fem theory I forget what I was reading, but it said basically to have culture in the US you are a second class citizen, to have any trace of culture,like language or skin color (which is an obvious give-away that we are “different”, though our types of food is acceptable?) or body type, or anything you are automatically asked “What are you?” which is like saying “You don’t belong here, what are you doing here?” Over and over….

"I’m glad I was brought up within two cultures because I am definitely more sensitive to cultures in generals. " Same.I agree 1000% its been painful and it’s been hard but I think I’m finally where I don’t have to pick one, a side or ignore one for the other, I’m a mezcla and that’s who I will always be there, no longer straddling one side or the other but creating a new space where I can be both. Where from the outside looking looking to enforce their authenticity tests that I will no longer care about those results.

It’s time I start owning all the parts that make me, me. 

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My answer: Because you’re up. Duh. 


10 Apr 11 at 9 pm
tags: ugh  spanish 

Why does Spanish turn my stomach so? 

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69.53 BITCHESS!!!