laborreguita

elizabeth. mixed race. queer. seattle fatty living the post undergrad lifestyle.

esafirmehyna:

laborreguitina:

Still selling all of these things on my etsy shop. Momma e is hella broke and needs some fast cash and i will make you pretty things if you order them. Click the etsy store link on my page to buy!!

i have hand screen printed frida cards, sandra cisneros, i’m out of cherrie moraga ones, hugo chavez, loteria el corazon, borderlands, and cesar chavez!

also, an 8 page fold out zine of personal writings on my mixed race identity. 

and gloria anzaldua earrings! 

fucken awesome!

i can make you any kind, frida ones selena ones, any other person ones, just order a pair puleeez! <3

(vía noterajeschicanita)

Still selling all of these things on my etsy shop. Momma e is hella broke and needs some fast cash and i will make you pretty things if you order them. Click the etsy store link on my page to buy!!

i have hand screen printed frida cards, sandra cisneros, i’m out of cherrie moraga ones, hugo chavez, loteria el corazon, borderlands, and cesar chavez!

also, an 8 page fold out zine of personal writings on my mixed race identity. 

and gloria anzaldua earrings! 

BUY MY STUFF, friends!

if you are interested in anzaldua earrings or original prints from my etsy shop, i will be leaving for 2 weeks starting thursday. please get your order in before then!! 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/elititaprints

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LINK TO MY NEW ETSY SHOP//PLZ REBLOG AND SHARE!

LINK TO MY ETSY SHOP

LINK TO MY ETSY SHOP

LINK TO MY ETSY SHOP

BUY MY PRINTS!

i made a short zine and have a few copies to sell, some latin@ inspired handmade cards, and a WOMAN OF COLOR COLORING BOOK (coming soon to my page)!. i screenprinted them all by hand and well as traced all the images. i am going to see family in veracruz, mexico and spent most of my extra money on travel money, so i’m tryna hustle my art for a little bit of extra cash. help a sistah out!

mixed messages: black holes y un choque

i’ve been reading Borderlands by Gloria Anzaldúa (if you don’t already know this book or who this author is, look her up. you should know) and i finally arrived at the chapter called Toward a New Consciousness. Its probably the best chapter in the book, my personal favorite at least. I’ve also been reading various bits and pieces out of Frida Khalo’s diary (which wasn’t ever meant to be read let alone published, might i add). Both have inspired me to create something but i’m not sure what yet, we’ll see. 

anyways, 

Anzaldúa is so on point (as always), especially in this chapter and i found multiple quotes that have helped me to feel validated identifying and being a mixed-race person. Gloria is  so grounded and so centered in her mexicanness, in her chicana identity, I feel embarrassed, ashamed and saddened by my seeming lack of racial and ethnic know-abouts and ties. 

She writes, “Her first step [la mestiza] is to take inventory…just what did she inherit form her ancestors?”

For me, this is unknown territory. A black hole in the lineage of who i am. For this i am all at once angry, frustrated, regretful, and sad. My biological grandmother mental health is in the trenches and she is slowly dying of dementia and years of a broken heart. I feel stuck when I think about this entire idea, because i LITERALLY don’t know. sure, i know the various titles of my various ethnicities, but i dont know from where or when they arrived on these lands or how they got here. 

"Pero es difícil differentiating between lo hererado, lo aquirido, lo impuesto. She puts history through a sieve. Luego bota lo que no vale." pg.104

We as a distinct racial group have special gifts given to us. We are the epitome of duality, y aunque somos torn, we are transversal, meaning that we intersect lines. “La mestiza constarntly has to shift out of habitual formations, from convergent and analytical reasoning that tends to use rationality, to divergent thinking that is characterized by movement away from set patterns and goals and toward a whole perspective, one that includes rather than excludes”. The mixed person seems to have a whole-er perspective of reality; not because we are of some extraterrestrial existence, but because we simply are forced to, it is essential to our survival in a society that would rather box us in than let us be. 

I am both black and white, up and down, rice and bean, yin and yang, push and pull. With this ability also comes a set of challenges: this is what Anzaldúa called ‘el choque’. She writes “la mestiza goes through a a struggle of flesh, a struggle of borders, an inner war. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incompatible frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision” pg.100. I am concerned by the choque more than I am the number of cultural references she mentions. This choque is something I want to thoroughly explore. What is this choque for me? 

some things that come into my mind:

the never-ending “what are you?” question

poc spaces interactions vs. the mainstream world

the mainstream world vs. poc spaces/interactions

adoption: not knowing my bio paternal side, and not a lot about my maternal side but existing as a mixed person, internalized racism from growing up in a white-identifying (read: colonized, now the colonizer) household. 

attempting to intersect my various marginalized identities (womyn, queer, working class born and raised)

esta es el choque. this reoccurring clash. the rambling questions. 

now for some arte. 

Gloria Anzaldua

(Fuente: tierracita, vía nanacutzi)

And if going home is denied me, then I will have to stand and claim my space, making a new culture — una cultura mestiza — with my own lumber, my own bricks and mortar and my own feminist architecture.
what the hell have I?: Estas carnes indias que despreciamos nosotros los mexicanos asi como despreciamos y condenamos a nuestra madre,... →

aztckarla:

Not me sold out my people but they me

Malinali Tenepat, or Malintzin, has become known as la Chingada—the fucked one. She has become the bad word that passes a dozen times a day from the lips of Chicanos. Whore, prostitute, the woman who sold out her people to the Spaniards are epithets…

Gloria Anzaldua (via majorityfemmmme)

And if going home is denied me, then I will have to stand and claim my space, making a new culture — una cultura mestiza — with my own lumber, my own bricks and mortar and my own feminist architecture.

gloria anzaldua, cherrie moraga

this is the quote that kind of hit me in the face about my own whiteness, and how “white guilt” operates…i also think of this quote when reading conversations about the suffix “phobia” being abelist……(“it’s not fear, it’s hate!!!!”)  

(via swell138)

(Fuente: jabwell813)

guilt is NOT a feeling. it is an intellectual mask to a feeling. fear is a feeling - fear of losing one’s power, fear of being accused, fear of a loss of status, control, knowledge. fear is real. possibly this is the emotional, non-theoretical place from which serious anti-racist work among white feminists can begin.

Gloria Anzaldua, ‘Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers’, in This Bridge Called my Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, (New York: KITCHEN TABLE: Women of Color Press, 1981), p. 170. (via feministquotes)

(vía tofuboots)

Forget the room of one’s own - write in the kitchen, lock yourself up in the bathroom. Write on the bus or on the welfare line, on the job or during meals, between sleeping and waking. I write while sitting on the john. No long stretches at the typewriter unless you’re wealthy or have a patron - you may not even own a typewriter. While you wash the floor or clothes listen to the words chanting in your body. When you’re depressed, angry, hurt, when compassion and love possess you. When you cannot help but write.
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