Anonymous said: Do Argentines count as latinos? I have a few friends from there and they're all white
some latinx from various countries are racially white. there’s lots of immigration to/from argentina from europe (and other neighboring countries). just as many latinx from other countries are racially black or identify as indigenous etc. in short, argentines are, ethnically, considered latinx in the us as the term includes those from cental and south america, mexico, spanish-speaking caribbean. (its a whole other story to talk about folks from fr. guiana, guyana, suriname, etc. who are geographically located in south america).
the term ‘latinx’ is problematic in numerous ways for various people. at the end of the day, if folks from argentina do not want to identify as latinx and choose to identify only as racially white that’s on them. we are not interested in policing identity, instead increasing representation of afrxlatinxs worldwide.
i think its pretty standard for folks from specific ethnic groups to identify with that ethnic/cultural group first before any “latinx” term. ‘latinx’ is used as an ethnic identifier to lump us together based on geography, history of colonization, and language (to name a few).
since our focus is on afrxlatinx’s keep in mind, no matter how much some argentines want to erase afrxargentinxs they do exist. here is a list (not complete as there are no women) of some throughout history, the trans-atlantic slave trade DID indeed stop in buenos aries.
what do our argentine followers think? what do others think? this is very much a “standard” response, but doesnt mean it’s right.
Put away your white sensibilities
Unlike you, POC’s very much DO see color and they will say awfully reverse-racist things such as “Wow, white people are so weird,” and “I literally can’t tell these white girls apart.” This reverse-racism is VERY REAL and will totally make you feel (rightly) offended. While White People can’t (by definition) be discriminated against (because, you know, power structures), your white tears are REAL.
They might not know what “Summering” is
For some reason, POCs don’t take lavish vacations to sky lodges and Southern Europe during the mid-Fall slump and the long summer months. This is probably because they love complaining and HATE relaxing. While you can certainly talk about your summer vacay with your other White friends, POCs will most likely NOT get it and will shout “meh, why can’t I have that.” Answer: you hate fun. No other reason. Stop whining. #Ugh.
White privilege will follow you wherever you go!
As an American White student, people will treat you differently. This might manifest itself in assuming you’re rich or even thinking you’re just another annoying tourist. While the first one might be true, you know that you are totally not JUST another tourist – you came here to be ONE with the people and will definitely understand their lives completely. Go ahead and start wearing that headscarf and those funny looking pants – you’ll fit right in!
Don’t worry, you’re the majority!
Regardless of program or country, you will statistically be the majority group - which is great news for you! These tips can therefore be totally dismissed, as making POCs uncomfortable is just another by-product of some harmless White Girl Fun. Throw caution to the wind and mix with the “locals.” They love being called “locals.” Talk about how much money you have or how totally hard it is to be a blonde gal in a POC world. Not only is this acceptable, it will be totally encouraged by your white comrades.
- Anna Rodriguez (prettyriskyfemme.tumblr.com)