This Poet Destroys The Haters Shaming Us For Speaking Spanish And Then Takes Pity On Them
Anacristina Chapa’s poem “On Being Bilingual” has a message for those who don’t like it when people speak Spanish. It goes a little something like this: she doesn’t have time for people who try to whitewash her culture of which she is so proud. Despite her frustration, Chapa feels pity and sorrow for the people who are so uncomfortable with a different culture that they feel compelled to lash out.
Poet Anacristina Chapa comes out of the gate swinging with her latest spoken word poem, “On Being Bilingual.”Write About Now / YouTube
She continues: “Or, for the sour mouths that speak stupidity into existence by saying things like, ‘This is America. We speak American in America.'”
After that “spicy” intro, she defends her culture and slams those who disrespect it.Write About Now / YouTube
Chapa goes in on how even her 87-year-old, non-English speaking grandma will tell you that “American” is not a language. Chapa argues that “American” as it has been used is nothing more than a title used to try to justify ignorance as something that should be valued.
She also has a message for those who feel Spanish is destructive to American culture.Write About Now / YouTube
Forget the mic. This poet just dropped the whole damn stage with that line and she isn’t even done.
She even gives some props to the importance of language as a way to transcend borders.Write About Now / YouTube
And, yes. She tells anyone listening who feels uncomfortable with that to, “Be scared.” ✊?
She also touches on the benefits to being bilingual.Write About Now / YouTube
Chapa isn’t just saying things that sound good and rhyme, either. Being bilingual has potential benefits tied directly to mental health including a stronger resistance to dementia, better concentration skills, and a stronger sense of empathy.
Chapa also displays sympathy for those who question whether Spanish has place in the U.S.Write About Now / YouTube
Imagine living in a world where everything happening around you is trying to erode your own identity because you believe that someone living their life directly lessens yours. That must be a truly terrifying and worrisome experience.
She also offers them a little advice.Write About Now / YouTube
Because we are far too vibrant of a culture to be defeated and don’t get it twisted: we aren’t trying to force anything on anyone. We are simply living, breathing and existing within our culture.
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