"When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving."
"I was supposed to be a Mexican, then came Manifest Destiny and I became Mexican American, then came the Census Bureau and I became Hispanic, then came that white woman and I became a spic, then came that one Ethnic Studies class and I became Chicano, then came Cherríe Moraga and I became Xicano. In the end, it’s just me and my unsolicited opinion."
"To think that legalization of marijuana or of any drug in the United States and Mexico is going to stop violence in Mexico is to ignore the root of our social illness. Violence is the result of economic exploitation, of poverty. Violence manufactures your very legal computer, your jeans, your shoes, your tv, your iPod. The blood of Mexicans is in your luxuries and in your vices, in your comfort, not in laws that preclude you from smoking your marijuana cigarette or sniffing your coke in public spaces. Blood and pain is in the tomato you eat, the flowers you send to your wife, the poultry you buy. Once marijuana is legalized, Mexican workers, like many other dark-skin human beings in the world, will still cater to your needs and wants and will be subjected to slave-like conditions so you can have the best pot at the best price."
Dr. Selfa Chew (via jahalath)
Just a quick reminder that you don’t have to go very far to see that violence. Just last year, the border town of Ciudad Juarez and the murder spree that has taken an estimated almost 400 women (a number that is insanely conservative and doesn’t even count the bodies that are yet to be found) since the early 90’s, hit another peak. These women worked at U.S. owned and operated sweatshops. They died for cents.
You don’t even have to leave the States. People from my hometown have gone missing. They’ve found bodies of people killed by cartels in American canals. The Zetas are recruiting kids to smuggle drugs in, we’ve had commissioners arrested for taking bribes, local stores raided for smuggling guns into Mexico… it goes on and on. You can always spot the narcos because of the cars they drive and the style of their houses. They live in the U.S. too. This is not something remote at all, and there is nothing more infuriating to hear people from the U.S. who are removed from this react with some blithe comment about legalization, probably because that’s the only facet of this monstrously complex disease that would benefit them and not force them to analyze their own complicity. They can blame the vague entity that is anti-drug legislation and not spend another second ruminating on it, because why care about a dead Mexican if you can’t use their death as rhetorical ammunition?
Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing? …
After waging a brutal war on poor communities of color, a drug war that has decimated families, spread despair and hopelessness through entire communities, and a war that has fanned the flames of the very violence it was supposedly intended to address and control; after pouring billions of dollars into prisons and allowing schools to fail; we’re gonna simply say, we’re done now? I think we have to be willing, as we’re talking about legalization, to also start talking about reparations for the war on drugs, how to repair the harm caused. …
At the end of apartheid in South Africa there was an understanding that there could be no healing, no progress, no reconciliation without truth. You can’t just destroy a people and then say ‘It’s over, we’re stopping now.’ You have to be willing to deal with the truth, deal with the history openly and honestly.
-Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness quoted from White Men Get Rich from Legal Pot, Black Men Stay in Prison. Alexander’s thesis is that the USA is addicted to caste systems, regardless of what is deemed legal or illegal
keeping it real
If you’re in the Bay Area on June 7th, come check out this art show I’m co-hosting!!
We will be displaying chican@ artists or chican@ style arte, to give the Napa Valley a real insight on some Bay Area Chican@ Cultura!!
Pass the wire!
Street low woodland show 2013. I’ll be at the bombs united show next weekend in San Jo, it will be my first time shooting a car show with a 35mm film camera… 😁