RECAP: The Latino Racial Mosaic LATISM Twitter Party

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At a time when so-called ‘colorblindness’ is used as an excuse for everything from limits in entry into employment, minority-blocking changes to voting districts and yes, even attempts to erase the cultural contributions of Latinos to United States history [AZ, anyone?] you better believe our LATISM had a mouthful of tweet-thoughts to dole out about that word that shall not be spoken: RACISM.

At last night’s LATISM party, they deconstructed the topic from all sides: from stories of being discriminated agaisnt, to national celebrations of “minority” holidays, to internalized racism and that most sacrilegous of aspects to it: Latino on Latino racism. Yes, we “discovered”, we do it to our own kind too [GASP!].

9,388,296 impressions later, over two hours of passionate conversation [which you can read about on our Latino Racial Mosaic LATISM Party Transcript], we may have differed on our approaches as to how to best handle the situation, and our reasoning for the causes of it. One thing became clear, though, and I think our friend @UrbanJibaro said it better: In the end, we are all just “human [s] who happen to be Latino.”

Read at the end for this week’s homework for combating racism in our community, and get into action. In the meantime, enjoy this short selection of tweets from last night’s convo:

THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK:

  • Watch: Stay in the loop about local stories or incidences of racism. Develop a healthy awareness of racism’s many guises.
  • Preach: Ok, maybe not in the literal sense, but spread the word through family members and others who may not be aware of potentially racist situations. Make sure that your children, your family and those around you understand the subtle ways in which racism manifests itself and how to respond to it.
  • Write: If you identify a potentially racist situation, write a letter to the editor of your local print and online news publication, community radio or online radio station, blog, or use social media to gather support. Feel free to contact LATISM as well if you need our support to speak up for our community.
  • Advocate: Contact local community centers to find out about organizing efforts near you. Contact your local representatives and let them know what is going on. Share their contact information with others.

Here’s a Congress Contact List in Spanish and English: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

What other ways/resources can you think of in order to combat racism? Let us know about it in the comments!

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  1. dvictor2ya@yahoo.com'
    Dvictor2ya 8 years ago

    I just joined Latism on Twitter because I want to speak to our Latinos in the USA in the last 30 YEARS!!! Latinos have not been persecuted and profiled under any other administration as we are being persecuted and profiled under this Obama administration.
     We are not Mexican, Cuban, Paraguayan, etc. We are also Americans  if we live in this country and our children are living in this country.

    The police look inside the car, if the person looks Latino, they find any excuse to stop the car.  Our people are being treated like blacks in the 60’s.

    Why are Latinos supporting a president who said he supported a reform for immigration, yet when he had the opportunity and his party was a majority he was able to pass the Healthcare Reform against the will of most, yet, he did not pass the immigration reform? The reason:  that would not get him re-elected because the major donors -big corporations, and the likes, would not donate to his campaign.

    Now is the time for Latinos to tell the President, you were not there for us when YOU had the opportunity to help us, we will NOT support you now.

  2. reynaldomacias@gmail.com'
    Reynaldo Macias 8 years ago

    Not to get too political, but you’re missing the point of the #twitterparty and your facts are wrong. We were talking about racismo dentro de la Raza. If you want to advocate for immigration reform, there are lots of places to do it…

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