Inspired by a conversation around the terms Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Person of Color (POC) on this episode of NPR’s Code Switch (https://www.npr.org/transcripts/918418825) , we have a candid conversation around race, ancestry, and the power and limitation of words from our personal perspective as Mexican immigrants raised in the U.S. We also reflect on the effects of colonialism and colorism on our own connection to our ancestry and the diversity of Latinx experiences in this country.
We kick off this episode by taking some time to reflect on our collective resilience in getting through the uncertainty and difficulty of 2020 and offer some tips to prioritize self and community care in the coming week.
During the episode we reference a conversation (https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2463531250615604&ref=watch_permalink) between writer Julissa Arce with UCLA Professor Laura Gomez, author of Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, Latinx voter data (https://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/10/30/929575586/what-pundits-get-wrong-about-the-latino-vote_) shared by Gerardo Cardava, Professor at Northwestern University, and this New York Times article (https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/06/16/how-fluid-is-racial-identity/race-and-racial-identity-are-social-constructs#:~:text=Angela%20Onwuachi%2DWillig%2C%20a%20professor,Law%20of%20the%20Multiracial%20Family.%22&text=Race%20is%20not%20biological.,It%20is%20a%20social%20construct.) written by Angela Onwuachi-Willig (https://www.law.uiowa.edu/faculty/angela-onwuachi-willig.php) , a professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law. We also recommend Isabel Wilkerson’s book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of AMerica’s Great Migration.
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