Misconceptions about the immigration experience don’t just result in bad policymaking. It also creates a more hostile environment for immigrants who are able to get here.
This article was originally published on Threads of Solidarity and was republished here with the author’s permission. Editor’s Note: While this article focuses specifically on Latinx immigration issues, we acknowledge that non-Latinx immigrants of color face similar challenges. Imagine a government that kidnaps, tortures, rapes, and kills. Now imagine one that forces people into slavery. These horrors sound like things that happen […]
I’ve always been Hernández on the inside. But identity can be funny: sometimes, what’s inside doesn’t matter. When I was only 18 months old, my parents — the Hernández family — requested permission to legally change our surname. According to family lore, the judge bounced me on his lap as my father explained the discrimination […]
CW: Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Abuse, Violence Against Women Sexual assault is the most underreported crime in the United States, with 63% of sexual assaults never being reported to police. Despite these numbers, Latinx survivors of sexual violence are even less likely to seek out resources after sexual assault than survivors of other racial and […]
How can we better understand white privilege and use this knowledge to make the world better for everyone? To this day, so many conversations about [white] privilege are rendered futile because of an inability to accept that our society systematically uplifts some individuals while marginalizing others. Too often, there is a stubborn refusal to accept […]
If you grew up Latinx in the United States, you might have spent your most formative years going to church with your abuelita — not talking openly about sex or relationships with your parents. I was raised in a very Catholic, Mexican-American family. My Catholic school education included lectures by religion teachers about the dangers […]
Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women In order to heal our communities from sexual violence, we have to understand its origins. For the past three years, I have worked as a Crisis Counselor-Advocate at a rape and domestic violence agency in Los Angeles. In my time as an advocate, I have worked one […]