@blaxicansofla Gets an Intimate Portrayal of What It’s Like Growing Up Black & Mexican
It’s already difficult trying to convince your others that you’re Mexican, Salvadoran or even Latino enough. But being part of two minority groups is twice the battle. @blaxicansofla is a platform that captures the true experience of biracial black and Mexicans living in Los Angeles.
It started with Walter Thompson-Hernandez who created this account dedicated to the research he was doing in grad school.
“I have always said that identifying as Blaxican is a political and revolutionary act,” he said in his personal account.
Dozens have joined his efforts and agree that Blaxican is it’s own identity.
And that the discrimination they face may be more than what others experience – But it has only made them more powerful.
Especially because they’ve had the strength to not identify with one group or the other.
Because why should anyone have to pick sides?
Or be discriminated by their own race?
Being Blaxican is beautiful.
Participants are proud to share their parents’ love stories.
Even R&B star Miguel understands the mix of cultures is a unique experience, yet sometimes frustrating.
Although some feel they’ve had something to prove…
Most use one word to describe their heritage: proud.
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