My least favorite tokenism is the kind where you’re invited to a party to check off a box when you don’t actually fit that box, and they don’t even know you don’t fit that box. But you’re the closest or most comfortably exotic thing for everyone and they get to high-five themselves instead of growing or getting up from their table from time to time.
Example: Like when everyone kisses my girlfriend’s white ass and checks off the POC seat at their table. I mean, I like that ass more than you do, but it was white in Venezuela and it’s white here. And every Latinx POC knows that.
Anti-Racist Newsflash: They got white people south of the US/Mexican border. And something else we don’t talk about much, there are Black folks in Latin America too.
What does this require us to reconsider?
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Note: Being an immigrant is always complicated. It’s especially complicated for Latinx folks in the U.S. This conversation is not meant to minimize that experience. Our hope is to make our conversation as complicated as folks’ lived realities. And being a white immigrant, even if you’re an undocumented queer woman, is not the same experience as being a brown or Black immigrant. Being a Latinx immigrant in the U.S. is difficult, but as with most experiences, it is made less difficult by whiteness. And language privileges. But we’ll get to that later in this series as other voices join the conversation.
Language Note: “Our table” or “their table” is a common U.S. English phrase that usually refers to where a group of people meet or share conversations.