Racism

We offer examples of the source of racism in America. It is our hope that a discussion can be had to clarify misconceptions and lies about racism in our history. That the hatred of a few did not represent the majority of Whites.

From the horse’s mouth Julius Howell says the Civil War was fought by the ranks for States Rights.

In the following video to women are interviewed and present opposing views of the first family of color moving into their neighborhood. Much like the politicians making Slavery a cause in the Civil War. The politicians of the 1950’s passed laws to institutionalize racism while many whites in America did not hold that viewpoint.

Migrant Farm Workers.

What has surprised you? Labor Camps?

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Cesar Chavez

The narrative changes…

After the Civil War, how did we as Americans go from wide-spread racism to everything is racist?

Tempest in a Taco

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The folks over at autostaddle.com gave Seth Rogan’s movie Sausage Party a good review. Specifically highlighting Salma Hayek describing her role as “a Surprisingly Endearing Lesbian Taco”.

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Then all Hell Broke loose. Autostraddle unwisely chose a white straight woman to write the review. Latinos and Latinas screamed racism. Then Latinxs (yes that’s a new word) were pissed that the taco wasn’t bisexual. When selecting positive reviews of the movie they chose the opinion of mainstream newspapers and websites and didn’t specifically seek out reviews written by women of color, generally; or Latina women, specifically.

The Apology

Yvonne was the Straight, White, Woman who wrote the review.

A note from Yvonne: I want to apologize to our Latinx readers specifically because I could’ve stopped this from happening, especially when I recognized the red flags and didn’t stop to question them. I knew the taco was a racist caricature but attributed it to a systemic problem in media that wasn’t necessarily our problem. But it became our problem when we used our voice as a queer publication to write a positive review of that racist caricature and perpetuated a racist narrative for the sake of the queer representation in the film. I was wrong for not stopping this immediately, especially when it deeply effects my own people. I’m a Latina and I’m also susceptible to the racist, oppressive system we live in. I know how incredibly challenging it is to find genuine Latinx representations in media and I’m sorry I was a disservice to Latinxs by not demanding better. These aren’t our stories and we deserve better. I’m deeply shamed by this deplorable mistake and I will definitely learn from this and make sure I can provide the best representation for people of color going forward.

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