Rashid Darden

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Rashid Darden is the author of Birth of a Dark Nation, first in a series of novels about African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.

He also wrote the black LGBT novels Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany. His volume of poetry is called The Life and Death of Savion Cortez.

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Early in my freshman year, my dad asked me if there were lots of Latinos at school. I wanted to say, “Pa, I’m one of the only Latinos in most of my classes. The other brown faces I see mostly are the landscapers’. I think of you when I see them sweating in the morning sun. I remember you were a landscaper when you first came to Illinois in the 1950s. And look, Pa! Now I’m in college!”

But I didn’t.

I just said, “No, Pa. There’s a few Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, few Mexicans. But all the landscapers are Mexican.”

My dad responded, “¡Salúdelos, m’ijo!”

So when I walked by the Mexican men landscaping each morning, I said, “Buenos días.”

Recently, I realized what my dad really meant. I remembered learning the Mexican, or Latin American, tradition of greeting people when one enters a room. In my Mexican family, my parents taught me to be “bien educado” by greeting people who were in a room already when I entered. The tradition puts the responsibility of the person who arrives to greet those already there. If I didn’t follow the rule as a kid, my parents admonished me with a back handed slap on my back and the not-so-subtle hint: “¡Saluda!”

I caught myself tapping my 8-year-old son’s back the other day when he didn’t greet one of our friends: “Adrian! ¡Saluda!”

However, many of my white colleagues over the years followed a different tradition of ignorance. “Maleducados,” ol’ school Mexican grandmothers would call them.

But this Mexican tradition is not about the greeting—it’s about the acknowledgment. Greeting people when you enter a room is about acknowledging other people’s presence and showing them that you don’t consider yourself superior to them.

When I thought back to the conversation between my dad and me in 1990, I realized that my dad was not ordering me to greet the Mexican landscapers with a “Good morning.”

Instead, my father wanted me to acknowledge them, to always acknowledge people who work with their hands like he had done as a farm worker, a landscaper, a mechanic. My father with a 3rd grade education wanted me to work with my mind but never wanted me to think myself superior because I earned a college degree and others didn’t.

Ray Salazar, Mexican etiquette some white people need to learn on dad’s 77th birthday.

Saluden Muchachxs, saluden.

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dangerfieldnewby:

All weddings should be like this

Anonymous asked:

Are all of the original admins of this page still active?

I answered:

divineninelover:

Nope, I think it’s just me, Unibomber, foriluvthee, NupesOnly, QuietStorm, and shewantdapharmd now. 

I reblog Uncle Rashid’s comments whenever I see them so y’all can see them. He still has the best commentary.

-strengthandelegance

Thank you, sister.  :-)

—Uncle Rashid

feminism5ever:

That’s bullshit because white people created the concept of race to marginalize people of color in the very first place. Not seeing race is racist because you’re basically saying “I don’t see you as human unless I remove the race element and I pretend that you are white like me” and that’s fcking disgusting.

There is nothing wrong with using the term “people of color” - people of color use that term to identify with each other because PoC suffer racism at the hands of white people and using PoC as a blanket term helps in discussions about race. 

That being said, literally none of us are saying that all our experiences are the same. What black people experience is very different from what Asian people experience, what Latinx people experience, and so on. And even within those races, there is a huge spectrum of experiences. However, the term PoC is still functional and helpful in a) expressing solidarity and b) dismantling racist structures.

And if anything. white people are the ones who lump all people of color together and don’t understand that there are different ethnicities. Ask any white person and chances are they think all Asian people look the same.

(Source: firstworldfeminism)

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