I’ve been thinking a lot about this whole “reason for the season” thing and Christmas, and its intersection, where white people at one side deride and hate Christmas as a Christian holiday forced upon the masses, and at the other side, appropriate Latin@ culture. Of course, white people appropriate the cultures of other peoples of color, and nonwhite people appropriate, as well. I’m just speaking from my own experience, as a Chicana who was raised in a white area and felt at once the scorn for the religion that my family practices as a result of being colonized by white people, and the othering of “preference” for “authentic” “ethnic” (ha! that very word!) food from my culture. Or, and I know I’ve beaten this horse dead a long time ago, but I will say it again: those trendy, privileged white hipsters that love to talk about how they’ve made a conscious decision to be ethical by buying local and organic and all that bullshit, and yet they also make an effort to appropriate my religious and cultural symbols (I’m looking at you, hipsters and yuppies with your ~sugar skull~ body art and clothing) and then, to make matters worse, they (attempt to) strip them of the religious imagery.
People of color do not experience religion the same as white people do.
I cannot walk away from my religion without walking away from my culture. And my people are a colonized people, internally and externally, sure, but lets not fool ourselves and act like it was the ranchero class that had all the power, that made us what we are. Converting to Christianity saved the lives of people of color. I just think it’s funny that once upon a time, we were all uneducated heathens who didn’t know God, and now we’re simplistic, religious drones who still follow a tyrannical religion.
Well why do you think that is? Do you think that it could be as a result of being forced through the “normalizing” frames of the dominant fucking culture? Ah!, if I could live to see the day when the religious practices of brown people aren’t demonized or fetishized or oversimplified or seen as immature and backward. Ah! If only the colonizing were over.
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