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White People are Killing Day of the Dead

White People are Killing Day of the Dead
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Written By: Luciano Picasso

It used to be a lot easier to call out racists of the Texas Minutemen variety. They were at least upfront. Their predecessors at least had the decency to wear White Hoods. They felt some shame.

That is not the case with today’s racists. Nu School Racists might have gone to the New School.

They probably went to school with you, or bought you a drink once, went out on a date with you or one of your friends. Because of that they think they are too cool to be racist. Worse, when you call them out on it, they break down.

The Klan never broke down. You never expected the Tea Party to come to your party, let alone co-opt your party.

If the Aryan Brotherhood organized the Texas Book Festival and out of 230 authors included only 15 Latinos we could under stand that. And then we could call them out on that. Well that’s what happened with the most recent Texas Book Festival. And the organizer were called out on that.

The Nu School Racists who organized the book festival, responded, said they were sorry, and replied singing the same old song we hear from Nu School Racists. Their answer is equal to them saying: “I didn’t know being racist was racist.” And the same as saying, “I’m from New York, I’m too cool to be racist.”

This is the same garbage the University of Houston Creative Writing Program gives for not having enough Latino students and only one Latino professor in its entire existence. Their nonprofit arm, Inprint, is no better, paying lip service to Hispanics by bringing in one Latino author per year and presenting him/her in their traditional White style.

Of course, Nu School Racists say they aren’t racists ’cause they know you or you went to their party once, and yeah, you were the only Chicano there.

They know 20 words in Spanish.

They are multicultrual because they have loteria card shower curtains. However, they have never been to one of your marches or protests, though they do support you . . . karmicly.

The Nuf School Racists White Nonprofits are the worst.

They get money from other White philanthropic or governmental agencies.

They speak White, so they get the grants. Sometimes those grants are for Latino Outreach-in name only of course.

They look good on White paper. They put on White versions of Latino events, and than think that our people are barbaric because we didn’t show up to their Brown-face events.

We are not on their mailing lists, their email lists, we don’t follow them on Twitter, aren’t their friends on Facebook or in real life.

And if there is a world beyond that pale pale, well .. . their isn’t.

This gets worse with Day of the Dead, which means way more to us than Halloween does to you. So stop calling it the Latino Halloween.

And no, I won’t tell you in one damn sentence what it means.  Until your mom lights candles to remember relatives who were lynched in Texas during the “Good Old Days” or “relatives killed falling off trains trying to cross here” you will never understand what Day of the Dead means. So stop fucking with it.

This also goes for Disney that tried to trademark Dia de Los Muertos.

How about I trademark your ma, Walt Disney, and put her to work.

This goes for Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. Their 26th Dia de Los Muertos exhibit is the 26th time they turn Day of the Dead into a cultural garage sale to make money. They lump in Dia de Los Muertos with a Gala and Retablo Silent Auction so they can insult us twice over, and there is not one actual alter on their premises that speaks to that day. They make money off this mess to pay for their White programming all year long. I’m sure they will give us the same lip service the Texas Book Festival gave: we have a Hispanic intern  . . . yada yada yada . . . the equivalent of “I’m not racist because I shagged a Hispanic once.”

This goes for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). This is another example of a White arts group taking money for Latino outreach and never reaching Latinos. They’ve got several events for “Day of the Dead” including a DJ party with IKEA-the Swedish plundering of our demographic, and a couple of sorry ass lectures by Germans showing slides of their cool adventures in Mexico. Wow, deep. See, this proves that MFAH stands for Mother Fucking Ass Holes.

I wonder what new tools the Nu School Racists created in your towns? If you want to call them out, please send them to me.

I guess part of this disconnect is because cool White kids refuse to recognize that they DO hold something sacred.  Oh, but they DO. They worship being hip. They die to be cool. Well, being racist ain’t cool

So, please, Nu School Racists, before you kill Day of the Dead, get a life.

37 Responses to White People are Killing Day of the Dead

  1. Luciana Picasso May 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Wow, so Junot Diaz said basically the same thing I did, except he blasts just MFA programs. he curses as much, but he says the same thing. And check out the comments. Some NuRacists bashing, same Hispanic Sellouts kissing ass, but yes, some cool anglos standing up, and some tough Latinos telling it like it is.

    Here’s the link: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2014/04/mfa-vs-poc.html

    Here’s the lead quote:

    I didn’t have a great workshop experience. Not at all. In fact by the start of my second year I was like: get me the fuck out of here.

    So what was the problem?

    Oh just the standard problem of MFA programs.

    That shit was too white. - Junot Diaz.

    That means the UH Creative Writing Program, Inprint, Texas Book Festival, and all Nu Racists in the middle.

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  2. why February 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

    “You should realize that ‘white people’ had our own traditions systematically destroyed through violent force and then trivialized and whittled down to meaningless symbolism until eventually our cultures have become extinct, and the ‘white system’ and ‘white culture’ that’s projected onto us is as alien to most ‘white people’ as it is to the rest of the world, and yes, taking aspects of other cultures and ‘supportively’ trivializing them is trendy among middle class white people, just as pointing out trends among middle class white people and using them to smear all white people in general is trendy among middle class ‘oppressed’ people, because if they make it about race instead of economics they camoflage how much contempt they show for the poor people of their own cultures.”

    what gets me about this is that:
    A. youre too angry
    B. immigrants new to this country suffer. its a fact. work it off.

    millions of immigrants in the past were stripped of their identities when they came to this country. they migrated overseas in boat hulls - deplorable conditions.
    I have irish decent and my grandfathers were brought over as endentured servants. they were “pre-slaves” before America decided to participate in the buying of slaves from Africa. (of which their own people sold them).
    (and jewish - who can forget they were omitted for years) and some native American too.

    my family had their names changed, their identities stripped, and lived in ghettos. they lived in poverty for many years and guess what? ThERe WAS NO WELFARE SYSTEM!
    oh yeas, no free food, no free medical or dental, NO FREE SHIT.
    they worked their asses off and blended into society as expected of them.
    so good god,
    shut the f*Ck UP!
    im so sick of listening to this crap

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  3. Devon Johnson January 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    So you prefer to read books by latinos? Doesnt that make you a little racist? A book, really? The Texas book festival looks into a writers ethnicity before allowing them to be a part of it? If a kid reads a childrens book does it make any fucking difference what ethnicity the writer is? You mam are a scumbag.

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  4. Anita November 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This is a writer that refuses to complicate this issue beyond a Latino white binary. Very childish to talk about being on the right side of an issue, and call out big orgs without revealing who you are. And please choose a less laughable pen name.

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  5. Luciano Picasso November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I wrote White People are Kililng the Day of the Dead.

    I’m excited by the reactions because I knew that would hapen. I’m also sad to see so many sellout Latinos. I’m also happy to see white folks jumping in on the rigth side, but I’m stunned at how many Nu Racists there are. I was at a coffee shop and heard two Nu Racists at the other table talking out loud how the asshole who wrote the essay I wrote was the racist not their friends at all the Nu Racists nonprofits I mentioned.

    So fuck. Looks like the nice way don’t work. The rough way don’t work. shit. Pisses me off more.

    But I don’t want to be the only one calling out the Nu Racists. I want to see white people and Latinos correct them.

    So I need to see them step up. Or I would love to see the NuRacists self correct.

    So, I am done writing. I won’t write another piece unless I get 3,000 likes on the Free Press Houston post FB button,. Otherwise, I’ll just shut the fuck up. I just got on twitter, too. @PicassoLuciano

    On the other hand, if people spread the word, I’ll write again. I’ll call out more Nu Racists. I’ll focus on one Nu Racists. I want to know what the people want-if anything. Maybe the people like the oppression. That’s why you got sell out Latinos kissing the asses of the Nu Racists.

    Sell out Hispanics be like: No, UH Creative Writing Program ain’t Nu Racists. Latinos are just too lazy to write right, or read write. Latino professors and leading nationally lauded writers are too tricky, and trouble making to work at the UH Creative Lieing Program.

    But I do want to give props to the White folks who have stood up to the Nu Racists I called out and the Nu Racists going off on me in the comments section. You renew my faith in Houston.

    That renewed faith is only shaken by all the sell out Hispanics who are condoning the oppression of our people by not calling out the Nu Racists or worse DEFENDING THEM!

    Sell out Latinos are the descendants of the sell outs from way back who were like” “Don Nacho deserved to get lycnched. He had a big mouth. He deserved to have his ranch burned down. Why did he build so close to the river? Who did he think he was?”

    Guess what? The NuRacists are coming for you to an “economic lynching.” They might think YOU are me, spying on them, calling them out. Then fired. Your rent is fucked up, car payment, cocktail fund-fucked up.

    That’s why I am inspired by the bad ass Latinos who are calling out the Nu Racists.

    So on that note, there must be 3k of you out there. If so, prove it on the FB button for the story in FPH.

    Send me the next Nu Racists to call out. picassoluciano@gmail.com

    Luciano Picasso

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  6. Fat Mexican November 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    This whole rant is pretty laughable. Dia De Los Muertos isn\’t being co-opted by white people, it\’s being co-opted by mainstream culture. That\’s what happens, has always happened, in America. Cultural traditions arrive, become popular beyond their original group, then get morphed into something different altogether. It isn\’t just White hipster kids donning skull face paint, plenty of clueless little Pochos are getting into it too. Pochos who\’ve probably never even eaten pan de muerto or spent the day at the cemetery or even seen an altar. At the last DDLM event I attended I saw a few Black and Asian catrinas walking around. As a Mexican man was I bothered? Of course not. The iconography and design elements of Mexican culture have reached a new audience, it would be silly to expect adherence to \"tradition\" from an audience that looks at it simply as something new and hip. I\’m sure the Irish weren\’t bothered when this past March I put on my one Guinness shirt and proceeded to get drunk as a brown skunk. Because that\’s what the holiday has become. Just like Christmas is now about gifts and the 4th of July tend to be about BBQ\’s. It\’s not up to mainstream society to maintain or even respect cultural traditions, that\’s the task of the individual In my own home we built an altar to honor the relatives my girlfriend and I have lost. It was traditional and respectful because I care about maintaining that tradition, and could care less about that modern society is creating their own diluted, watered down version.

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  7. Fat Mexican November 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    This whole rant is pretty laughable. Dia De Los Muertos isn’t being co-opted by white people, it’s being co-opted by mainstream culture. That’s what happens, has always happened, in America. Cultural traditions arrive, become popular beyond their original group, then get morphed into something different altogether. It isn’t just White hipster kids donning skull face paint, plenty of clueless little Pochos are getting into it too. Pochos who’ve probably never even eaten pan de muerto or spent the day at the cemetery or even seen an altar. At the last DDLM event I attended I saw a few Black and Asian catrinas walking around. As a Mexican man was I bothered? Of course not. The iconography and design elements of Mexican culture have reached a new audience, it would be silly to expect adherence to “tradition” from an audience that looks at it simply as something new and hip. I’m sure the Irish weren’t bothered when this past March I put on my one Guinness shirt and proceeded to get drunk as a brown skunk. Because that’s what the holiday has become. Just like Christmas is now about gifts and the 4th of July tend to be about BBQ’s. It’s not up to mainstream society to maintain or even respect cultural traditions, that’s the task of the individual In my own home we built an altar to honor the relatives my girlfriend and I have lost. It was traditional and respectful because I care about maintaining that tradition, and could care less about that modern society is creating their own diluted, watered down version.

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  8. Matt November 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Next Halloween I’m putting a Disney/Dia de Los Muertos display on my front lawn. Thanks for the awesome idea!

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  9. Wayne November 2, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    As a so-called “white” person, I find this article deeply disturbing.

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  10. Daniel Johnson November 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    You should realize that ‘white people’ had our own traditions systematically destroyed through violent force and then trivialized and whittled down to meaningless symbolism until eventually our cultures have become extinct, and the ‘white system’ and ‘white culture’ that’s projected onto us is as alien to most ‘white people’ as it is to the rest of the world, and yes, taking aspects of other cultures and ‘supportively’ trivializing them is trendy among middle class white people, just as pointing out trends among middle class white people and using them to smear all white people in general is trendy among middle class ‘oppressed’ people, because if they make it about race instead of economics they camoflage how much contempt they show for the poor people of their own cultures.

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  11. White Guy Who Hates Whitey November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    My dear fellow white people,

    If you can\’t take being called out, you\’re being racist.

    If you bother to correct the grammar of statements like these, you\’re being racist.

    If you object to legitimate critiques of white institutions, you\’re being racist.

    If you object to the anger of people who are justifiably angry, you are being monumentally racist.

    PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, AND THERE IS NO GOOD REASON FOR THEM TO SUGARCOAT IT FOR YOU.

    Pathetic. You people are an embarrassment.

    Sincerely,
    A White Guy Who Is Ashamed to be Lumped In With You Racists

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  12. White Guy Who Hates Whitey November 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    My dear fellow white people,

    If you can’t take being called out, you’re being racist.

    If you bother to correct the grammar of statements like these, you’re being racist.

    If you object to legitimate critiques of white institutions, you’re being racist.

    If you object to the anger of people who are justifiably angry, you are being monumentally racist.

    PEOPLE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE ANGRY, AND THERE IS NO GOOD REASON FOR THEM TO SUGARCOAT IT FOR YOU.

    Pathetic. You people are an embarrassment.

    Sincerely,
    A White Guy Who Is Ashamed to be Lumped In With You Racists

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  13. divina11 November 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

    The litany of white supremist shite in these comments is hilarious, and I’m white. First of all, it’s not the author’s job to give you a cultural education. Actually, they did. It’s honest, and people don’t want to look at themselves. One way white supremist attack when they can’t stand being called out is to attack the person’s education. Pretty vile. Hipsters, or even “well meaning cool yuppies” often move into an aree, stripping it of it’s soul like locusts. Oakland is a great example of that. I think the article goes easy on you.

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  14. Julita November 2, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Funny how irate white people get when you call them out-whiny and tiresome defenses of their ignorance -we were trying to be cool - we eat tacos. Small ignorant minds lurk underneath your blaming the author for being incensed- how about a good smack in the face for all the shit you ever said against Latinos-I can’t tell you how many times I heard “you could pass for…” I could write a book about all the “I didn’t mean to be a racist a$$hole” comments I’ve heard growing up-get over yourselves white people your days are numbered! And as for being cool-nah-give up!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Arturo Mares November 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Lolo Picasso was right. He called it. Love watching the reactions off all the Nu Racists. I\\\\\\\’m shocked at how differently we all read this piece. I got a kick at him knocking everyone out, but I thought everyone knew what was up with how our community is treated.

    Now that I see how the Nu Racists are reacting it pisses me off more. So Grammar Nazi is pissed because this Luciano is a better writer than her and types faster, so she wines about grammar. Not one of the Nu Racists batted an eye to know that only 15 of 250 writers at the Texas Book Festival were Latino?

    Another Nu Racists says we should be careful \\\\\\\’cause we might lose allies. Screw you. You are a useless ally. You are bitching and moaning and breaking down like Picasso called it. You should be straightening out the racists who are oppressing us.

    This is eye opening. I know more people like me getting mad at the b.s. Luciano called out, but they don\\\\\\\’t speak up for all the reason his says. Game over. I ain\\\\\\\’t putting up with Nu Racists any more. Here\\\\\\\’s your Klan Hood.

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  16. Arturo Mares November 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Lolo Picasso was right. He called it. Love watching the reactions off all the Nu Racists. I\\\’m shocked at how differently we all read this piece. I got a kick at him knocking everyone out, but I thought everyone knew what was up with how our community is treated.

    Now that I see how the Nu Racists are reacting it pisses me off more. So Grammar Nazi is pissed because this Luciano is a better writer than her and types faster, so she wines about grammar. Not one of the Nu Racists batted an eye to know that only 15 of 250 writers at the Texas Book Festival were Latino?

    Another Nu Racists says we should be careful \\\’cause we might lose allies. Screw you. You are a useless ally. You are bitching and moaning and breaking down like Picasso called it. You should be straightening out the racists who are oppressing us.

    This is eye opening. I know more people like me getting mad at the b.s. Luciano called out, but they don\\\’t speak up for all the reason his says. Game over. I ain\\\’t putting up with Nu Racists any more. Here\\\’s your Klan Hood.

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  17. Arturo Mares November 1, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Lolo Picasso was right. He called it. Love watching the reactions off all the Nu Racists. I’m shocked at how differently we all read this piece. I got a kick at him knocking everyone out, but I thought everyone knew what was up with how our community is treated.

    Now that I see how the Nu Racists are reacting it pisses me off more. So Grammar Nazi is pissed because this Luciano is a better writer than her and types faster, so she wines about grammar. Not one of the Nu Racists batted an eye to know that only 15 of 250 writers at the Texas Book Festival were Latino?

    Another Nu Racists says we should be careful ’cause we might lose allies. Screw you. You are a useless ally. You are bitching and moaning and breaking down like Picasso called it. You should be straightening out the racists who are oppressing us.

    This is eye opening. I know more people like me getting mad at the b.s. Luciano called out, but they don’t speak up for all the reason his says. Game over. I ain’t putting up with Nu Racists any more. Here’s your Klan Hood.

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  18. Cultural Appreciator by way of Appropriation November 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Calm down the defensiveness? I think it would require great effort on our parts to match the irate tone of the author.

    And here is where people should resist making bad generalizations: what makes you think I don’t spend a great deal of time considering power and privilege and how I fit into those dynamics? What makes you think I’m not concerned with the integrity of other cultures and how we (us white folk) might best honor them?

    I think it best that we not make too many bad assumptions- on either side of this issue- as you’re liable to alienate potential allies and further these divides.

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  19. BD November 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Dumbest “article” I’ve read in a long time… maybe ever.
    Needs more real world experience and a shot of respect for people who have actually suffered in this country- as in people who were there when times were worse.

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  20. Pablo Pavarotti November 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    If you are proud of your Latino heritage, as you claim to be in this rant which is far from “journalistic integrity,” why hide behind a pseudonym?

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  21. Barbara November 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Correction:

    “I suppose, by the same logic, that means only the appropriate cultures should celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving, right? ” ~Cultural Appreciator by way of appropriation

    You’re right. Thanksgiving is a “holiday” to be celebrated by the Native American\’s murderers and their descendents.

    And as for Christmas, well this holiday has it’s pagan roots but for the most part it is known to be a celebratory of Christ’s birth. Newsflash for ya…Jesus ain’t white – don’t believe the Hollywood hype.

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  22. World Citizen November 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hi. OK. I get it. But I can’t help but to use mockery with mockery. Hold on…..the whambulance is calling. They want that chip on your shoulder so everyone can continue on enjoying other cultures in many forms. Thank you. Gracias. Merci. Cheers. Barkalla. 謝謝 [谢谢]. Vorbàis Gott! Danke. And if you didn’t not see your “thank you” on here, please write your congressman.

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  23. World citizen November 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hi. Right, so the wahmbulance called. They want that chip off your shoulder back. Once they have it everyone else can continue enjoying other culural celebrations in many forms. Thanks. Gracias. Merci. Cheers.

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  24. Gen November 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    wow, white people. calm down with the defensiveness. Maybe take some time, a day, an hour at least, and think about power and privilege. Just try hard to think what this world, this culture might look and feel like if you inhabited a different body than the one you do. You’re clearly smart, and really good at grammar, so I’m sure you can get your head around it if you give it a shot. And (I’m looking at you here, Cultural Appreciator) maybe start with the fact (and the way) that we *all* celebrate Christmas and ‘Thanksgiving’ here. Just chew on it for a little and see what you come up with.

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  25. Emily November 1, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Hire a copy editor to sift through your torturous prose and maybe more people will pay attention to your whining. But I doubt it. It’s pretty insufferable. Get over yourself.

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  26. Norma G November 1, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Interesting and exhausting. Responding to some of the comments… First ‘Mexican-Am’ aka U.S History is not included in the curriculum, now we (Mex or CLD/People of Color) are expected to ‘teach’ mainstreamers about ‘our’ culture and traditions? Easy to say when the world revolves around ‘mainstream’ traditons whose histories are shoved down our throats via our institutions of schooling. It’s hard to put yourselves in our shoes, moccasins, chanclas/huaraches y menos q caminen una milla en ellos. (Yeah, code-switching is my privilege). Y pa acabarla, me choca q piensen q todos Mx somos imigrantes…another form of ignorance, silencing and erasure. Lots of good points in the write-up…keep the discussion going.

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  27. Declan X November 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

    And all you Protestants getting drunk on St. Patrick’s day, FUCK YOU, TOO!

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  28. DGV October 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Really, Selena Romero? Folks should educate themselves on the things they find themselves to eager to participate in and appropriate - white and otherwise. Nothing like throwing the labor back onto those that are trying to express their exasperation and fatigue rather than taking about it amongst yourselves - or heck, just doing a google search! Start with some self-relection on why and how Dias de muertos has become Disneyfied — and your role in it presently and in the future.

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  29. Angelica October 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Why would it be racist to call it Mexican when it is in fact a Mexican tradition? That\’s ignorant. We have no obligation to teach anyone about our traditions, if someone wants to participate THEY can put themselves out there and ASK NICELY. If we have the GRACE to initiate the education, that\’s because we are good people not because we own it to anyone to correct them on their ignorance. In fact isn\’t this what the article is trying to do, inform people? This is exactly the problem, people claim to partake in the tradition but don\’t know diddly squat about the people behind it, that\’s cultural appropriation and it\’s another form of colonialism, which is the idea of cultural superiority based on race. It\’s racism. Punto.

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  30. Angelica October 31, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Why would it be racist to call it Mexican when it is in fact a Mexican tradition? That’s ignorant. We have no obligation to teach anyone about our traditions, if someone wants to participate THEY can put themselves out there and ASK NICELY. If we have the GRACE to initiate the education, that’s because we are good people not because we own it to anyone to correct them on their ignorance. In fact isn’t this what the article is trying to do, inform people? This is exactly the problem, people claim to partake in the tradition but don’t know diddly squat about the people behind it, that’s cultural appropriation and it’s another form of colonialism, which is the idea of cultural superiority based on race. It’s racism. Punto.

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  31. Cultural Appreciator by way of appropriation October 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    ‘ll correct my own grammar- “I really take issue with your* calling out…”

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  32. Cultural Appreciator by way of appropriation October 31, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I’ll correct my own grammar- “I really take issue with your* calling out…”

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  33. Cultural Appreciator by way of appropriation October 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    “And if there is a world beyond that pale pale, well .. . their isn’t.”

    *there

    I suppose, by the same logic, that means only the appropriate cultures should celebrate Christmas or Thanksgiving, right?

    I really take issue with you calling out nonprofit organizations that do so much for the community. Making money off the holiday? I’ll give you a few lessons in nonprofit accounting, which might open your eyes a bit. And Lawndale’s white programming? OK, I wonder how many of their ethnically diverse resident and exhibiting artists agree with you. Their Dia de Los Muerto may be a venue for a lot of white (and other ethnic) people to familiarize themselves with the holiday. And that’s a bad thing? Seriously. Get a grip.

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  34. D October 31, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I imagine you’d be on people’s mailing lists if you weren’t so angry. I get it. I was angry all the time too but it’s such a waste of time. There’s a cogent argument in this mess somewhere. I just can’t see past your Angry Brown Guy/ Poor Little Pocho fuming.

    P.S. Please follow up with a piece on how elaborate and wonderfully authentic your family’s DOTD ritual was this year.

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  35. D October 31, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Utter garbage. This writer needs an education.

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  36. Selina October 31, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    It is maybe just a lack of education on the subject.
    I admit to yes painting my face and buying sugarskulls. But, I have also educated myself on what this day means and how sacred it is. I have made alters to only 2 people through the years. none of them were killed in violent ways like yours were. But it is about honoring those that we love that have gone before us.
    It is just as I said a lack of education on the subject. But I see no one out there trying to educate these white people you speak so badly of on what Day of the Dead really is and what it means to so many, dare I say it for fear of being called a racist?, Mexicans.
    I despise those hipsters myself but I can also be considered one in a way I guess. I find the faces beautiful and am grateful for the Hispanic race for bringing this tradition with them here to the states. I find the faces beautiful and haunting, but I see it for what it is, an honoring of those who we love that have gone before us. They want to remember them and who they were and their particular personalities and the things they loved and lay them at an alter in their honor to be remembered. So, maybe before lashing out, try writing a more productive article that educates everyone of us white people on the history, etc. of what Day of the dead really means in Mexican history and today.

    Oh yes, and P.S. I did see alot of Hispanics out with their faces painted and I wonder how many of them or their families have alters at home that honor their dead? Do you know since you seem to be such an expert on the whole population of Houston.

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  37. Selina Romero October 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    It is maybe just a lack of education on the subject.
    I admit to yes painting my face and buying sugarskulls. But, I have also educated myself on what this day means and how sacred it is. I have made alters to only 2 people through the years. none of them were killed in violent ways like yours were. But it is about honoring those that we love that have gone before us.
    It is just as I said a lack of education on the subject. But I see no one out there trying to educate these white people you speak so badly of on what Day of the Dead really is and what it means to so many, dare I say it for fear of being called a racist?, Mexicans.
    I despise those hipsters myself but I can also be considered one in a way I guess. I find the faces beautiful and am grateful for the Hispanic race for bringing this tradition with them here to the states. I find the faces beautiful and haunting, but I see it for what it is, an honoring of those who we love that have gone before us. They want to remember them and who they were and their particular personalities and the things they loved and lay them at an alter in their honor to be remembered. So, maybe before lashing out, try writing a more productive article that educates everyone of us white people on the history, etc. of what Day of the dead really means in Mexican history and today.

    Oh yes, and P.S. I did see a lot of Hispanics out with their faces painted and I wonder how many of them or their families have alters at home that honor their dead? Do you know since you seem to be such an expert on the whole population of Houston.

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