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The term Hispanic, coined by technomarketing experts and by the designers of political campaigns, homogenizes our cultural diversity (Chicanos, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans become indistinguishable), avoids our indigenous cultural heritage, and links us directly with Spain. Worse yet, it possesses connotations of upward mobility and political obedience.Guillermo Gómez-Peña (via alamaquina)सहाना
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Te quiero porque tu boca sabe gritar rebeldía.
I want you because your mouth knows to yell rebellion.
Consider how textbooks treat Native religions as a unitary whole. The American Way describes Native American religion in these words: “These Native Americans [in the Southeast] believed that nature was filled with spirits. Each form of life, such as plants and animals, had a spirit. Earth and air held spirits too. People were never alone. They shared their lives with the spirits of nature.” Way is trying to show respect for Native American religion, but it doesn’t work. Stated flatly like this, the beliefs seem like make-believe, not the sophisticated theology of a higher civilization. Let us try a similarly succinct summary of the beliefs of many Christians today: “These Americans believed that one great male god ruled the world. Sometimes they divided him into three parts, which they called father, son, and holy ghost. They ate crackers and wine or grape juice, believing that they were eating the son’s body and drinking his blood. If they believed strongly enough, they would live on forever after they died.” Textbooks never describe Christianity this way. It’s offensive. Believers would immediately argue that such a depiction fails to convey the symbolic meaning or the spiritual satisfaction of communion.Lies My Teacher Told Me, James Loewen (via whoistorule)
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New York City: Comrade Mariela Castro-Espin, director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), spoke at a gathering at the Solidarity Center on April 25, 2013.
“The daughter of President Raul Castro and revolutionary feminist Vilma Espin, Mariela has promoted sexual and gender diversity in Cuba. At her initiation a law was passed in Cuba to allow sex change operations free of charge. As Teresa Gutierrez said, it was an honor to breathe the same air as Mariela and her brother and sister Cuban revolutionaries.”
Photos and report by Brenda Sandburg
idc what anybody says, cuba is on the vanguard of sexuality ed in the world. fuck amsterdam.
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