connoisseur, listen to it all
rare Latinx writers
drug war or violence
the rejection felt
Do I have a moral obligation to do anything as a writer?
clickbait-y talking point
stereotypical drug lords, maids, gangbangers,
pushback against this new Trump administration
built on stereotypes about Latinx people
informing very real US policy today
Have we boxed ourselves into stories only about good brown people and better brown people?
by looking away from those
stereoptypes does that make us complicit
weaponizing stereotypes against us?
James Baldwin taught us
respectability politics will not save us
look it in the eye
explore the complexity
of that stereotype
we feel cheated by portrayals
as told through the white gaze
It is significant
Look these impolite realities in the eye
Demand complex stories
You don’t know the lives you’re deporting
You don’t want to know
If we ignore the complexities of our world
we make literature dumber not smarter
we should tell those stories.