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This piece really matters.
Not because it helps anyone who doesn't experience this to be more compassionate.
No. Right here on this page, the experience of being exociticised IS the default. Thanks for claiming it as so. It's healing for so many of us.
I'm part of you indefinitely
Boy don't you know you can't escape bees
Ooh darling 'cause you'll always be my baby
I'm White Latina, with whatever indigenous ancestry I have being visible enough to mark me as also not White, and it's special to know other people have the same questions and feelings that I have. Like, things that mark me as Latina feel so good, even though it means being read as inferior in the U.S.
Because race is constructed differently up and down the americas it took me a long, long while to parse out one-drop stuff from the you-simply-are-what-most-people-read-you-are. And that nationality and race are completely separate things. To acknowledge that "mestizo" or White indicate *cultures* too. I've felt anger, feelings it's disingenuous for white Latinos to claim they're people of color if they're mostly white and are read as such. I've felt shame for not knowing where I fit.
Beyond race and the fact that there are of course hordes of white Latinos, it's been strengthening to remember that Latina is a culture-ethnicity that's immutable in me as a mixed race woman, regardless of how other latinos react when I fail at rolling my rr, or when I'm cornered and prodded as an exotic curiosity by white men.
Again, thank you for this candid piece.
I highly recommend the Rothenberg aub Der Tauber Torture museum while celebrating Christmas in Germany. It's where I learned about the cage for drowning "bakers of too small bread," among other methods of justice.
spread their legs
spread their legs
like soft boiled eggs
should your hot thermos fall down.