Yeah Latinos outside of the US can be racially ignorant simply because they weren't taught. However, Latinos born in the US/have lived in the US know about slavery and are taught about it in school and know where the N word comes from and why they can't use it but they don't care or they think that because they're a poc/they're not caucasion they can say it when that's not the case at all.
yes, i feel like education and the context are the key, like, there are a lot of stuff that is normalized in latino media that i learned it was bad on internet (twitter/tumblr helped with that)
and yeah, even tho they didn’t learn in school (like, idk, i’m not sure if some americans have ‘bad’ schools like here in latam lol), i feel like they’re exposed in a context where they learn the word is racist, like, i knew a lot of people who learn the word is racist and were living in usa for like, a week?? so yeah, if they ignore that well … yikes
your response was very well said, i applaud you! the word unfortunately has been so very normalized. you’re amazing!
thanks!! i tried my best to explain it, i’m still learning so i was afraid some things can sound bad based in my ignorance
why is it so hard for Latinos to understand that the N word is racist?
oh! i’m gonna answer this as a latina living in latinoamerica (this doesn’t apply to latinos living in usa i think so)
(i have to clarify that probably some of the things i said can be wrong but i’m talking based in my personal experience, also my wording can be bad so excuse me that)
when we learn history, we don’t learn too much about black people problems, like we learn about slavery but it’s not the main focus in our classes, it’s more about, general history about our country, you know?? we learn world history too but it’s in a general way, like wars, kings, etc, etc
we don’t learn about american culture, english classes at school doesn’t include classes about american culture, and doesn’t focus on ‘slangs’ or particular words
yet, we’re exposed to american movies, most of them dubbled, but some of them decide not to translate some words because there isn’t an equivalent in spanish, like the n word, so people see those movies and think, it’s a ‘cool way to call your friends’ so they use it, because movies usually don’t tell you the word is racist. people don’t usually ‘google’ words to learn their meaning, and it usually google doesn’t tell you what you’re looking for (i googled the word, first 3 pages are about a latino singer, i googled the word + significado -meaning in english- and the second page it’s about the backstory of the word)
i learned that the word was racist when i was 17 here on tumblr, in one of those posts about how some “slangs” are racist or not appropiate to say if you’re not part of the ones that use it.
later, when i was taking english classes in a academy, our teacher told us that he learned before going to the US (when he was in his 40′s) that the word was racist, people in my class were surprised because it was a ‘trend’ to use that word at that time
once i explained a friend that using that word was bad, her first reaction was ‘but i heard it in a lot of movies!, why is it racist?’ it’s so normalized that sometimes it’s hard to understand to people that something you were saying is wrong
i’m not trying to justify people using it, but well, people can be ignorant, and in our context it can take ‘more steps’ to know something is wrong
(of course, this doesn’t apply to all the contexts, because latinos are exposed to the word in a different way than americans, there can be people who use it in a despective way but also take it as a word that it’s ok to say- like ‘cholo’ here in my country)
i hope this is clear, and well, as i said, this is based in my experience as a latina living in latinamerica -i’m peruvian-, latinos living in usa live in a different context than mine
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