While I have always understood in an abstract sense that hatred is wrong, reading the Washington Post article about the shooting in the El Paso Walmart and the summary of the Harvard paper about lynchings and historical violence against Latinos allowed me to articulate some things that I’ve understood through the course of the lastContinue reading “Power and Propriety – 11.15.2020”
The discussion about being Latino/a highlighted a few interesting and educational cultural nuances. I thought it was funny how Nick’s daughter is obsessed with a specific song that is in Spanish, and how people wouldn’t expect that of her because of how she looks. I’ve definitely seen this happen before, where people make assumptions aboutContinue reading “A Zoom Discussion About Being Latino/a – 10.25.2020”
In the last few elections, there has been a rising number of Latino voters who have shown up to the polls. The increase in Latino voters has revealed some interesting information about the group. Generally, Latinos across the country tend to vote Democratic, but this isn’t true across the board. In Florida, the political alignmentContinue reading “Latinos and Politics – 10.11.20”
Pat Mora’s “Fences” discusses more intangible divisions than the cactus fence the speaker in the poem hides behind. As people working in the tourist industry primarily serving wealthy, privileged vacationers, Mora’s family in the poem is able to come so close to something that will forever be out of their reach. They are expected toContinue reading ““Fences” – 9.20.20″
Chicanos and Chicanas exist at cross roads. It’s the little things, like Snow Tha Product talking about how she uses “jajaja” instead of “hahaha,” some of the culturally specific fashion that was seen in Cypress Hill’s “Latin Lingo” video, and the differences that have evolved over time between Chicano Spanish as opposed to Standard Spanish.Continue reading ““Neither Español ni Ingles” – 9.13.2020″
The different terms and labels used for Latinos all have history and baggage, at times used as weapons or a badge of pride. Terms like “Tejano,” “Hispanic,” “Mexican,” and “Chicano” can exclude certain people when discussing Latinos as a collective, but I think these more specific terms serve a distinctive purpose, since they more aptlyContinue reading “Labels for Latinos – 8.30.2020”
Hello! My name is Yasmin. I’m a first year nursing student, but I love to read so much that I seriously considered going to school to become a book editor. Some of my favorite books are The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I am currently reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.
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