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crazylazyeli said: Hey. Being light skin/skinned ? Mexican with colored eyes, I ALWAYS get told by older women how lucky I am that I'll be able to marry white. I hate it. I like what I like and it's sad that my people think this way. Thank you for sharing.

Yup. Real love knows no hair type, skin color, or phenotype. I think it’s important for those of us who want to end this type of racism to speak up when our relatives say these things (especially our non-black relatives). They may not listen right away, but we don’t owe them the comfort of keeping their terrible beliefs. They actively cause harm. Thank you for writing to me! :)

forfeit-ed said: Hey, I saw your post about the talk your mother gave you at 15. My mom is okay with that but my dad and most of my family is not. I'm 16 and should be moving out in the next year or so and I'm currently falling for an African American guy. I don't feel like we'll date anytime soon but most likely in the future. How do you deal with knowing your family doesn't support you or accept you like that?

That’s really tough. I’m sorry your family is behaving that way, especially because it’s really gonna suck for any person of color you ever fall in love with and try to welcome into your family. :/ That outlook just isn’t acceptable, ever. I’m not currently dealing with that because I haven’t had a partner of color in a long time now. My boyfriend from the comic and I just didn’t work out for the standard “it’s high school, girlfriends/boyfriends come and go” reasons. What I have dealt with more over time has been getting my parents to accept that I am queer and have dated people besides dudes. It’s hard to say “how” to deal with it because I don’t know the answer either. It’s just shitty for everyone until someone learns and changes. It helps to have a support group of friends - a chosen family - who have a better view of the world and who you can go to when your family just isn’t cutting it. It’s hard. I hope you two will be okay. <3

solemnpancake said: ...I'm so sorry your mother said that to you. Or had to.

Wow, thank you. “Wow” because I somehow wasn’t expecting to get asks in response to this, haha. But yeah, it hurt and still does, but in a really complicated way, I guess. At the time, I was just so mad that she could say something I felt was so inherently wrong and hateful. Looking back now, my main concern is for her: she has gone through and goes through stuff every day that I never will because she’s visibly black and I’m not. Her logic makes sense from a survival stand-point, but it’s a crime that we live in a world where that would even occur to her or anyone. I deal with antiblackness in my own particular, very indirect way, but ultimately my mom and all the people who get told they’re not fit to be married or loved are the ones overdue for justice. 

[trigger warning: heavy internalized racism/antiblackness, unchecked light skin privilege, romantic policing, parent-child conflict]

It’s been a few months, but here we are: a new minicomic! This one’s a doozy. It’s an account of the “talk” I got when I was 15 years old about “adelantando la raza,” which means to advance/improve the race (yes, in a Eugenics-y type way). It is an alarmingly common talk to receive when you grow up in a Latinx family. My mother had the talk with me, her mother had the talk with her, her mother’s mother told her, etc. For generations (and still to this day in a more de facto as opposed to de jure sense), your race determined your social class in most of the former Spanish empire. There is even a word for gaining social status that directly equates greater class privilege with being whiter than others: “blanqueando,” becoming white. This event in my life is one I will never forget, one that triggers feeling after feeling: sorrow, empathy, rage (on my mother’s behalf), regret (for my flippant teenage response to her at the time), and confusion (around my identity). I want to tell more stories like this, stories that most folks might say “wow, that’s weird” to but that, just maybe, will reach a few others who’ll go “oh my god, this was a part of my life, too, and I’ve never seen a comic about it.” 

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