My mother now is different than the mother of my childhood memories. I remember the latter in comforting rhymes. She sang a song that healed every scraped knee and bumped head:
Sana, sana, colita de rana
Si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana
It was a nonsensical song meaning, “Heal, heal, little frog tail / If it doesn’t heal today, it’ll heal tomorrow.” While I never knew its meaning, the cure-all was more powerful than any Disney-themed band-aid. She taught my sister and me the colors and numbers in Spanish, although I had a hard time remembering “amarillo” because it was the hardest to say. She asked us endearing questions: Did I want “espaghetti” for dinner or some Jell-O-colored yellow she’d made for me.
With a theme of “breaking barriers,” the third annual New York State Latino Leadership Summit on Saturday featured prominent alumni, lectures from executives and workshops meant to give attendees tools to overcome obstacles they face as Latinx students at Cornell.
In a time where “political correctness” is constantly debated, it’s interesting to see how that affects dynamics within marginalized communities. There are all types of actions and rhetoric that create an “us and them” vibe between people with the same identities. They try to distance themselves from a subset of the same community sometimes because they are afraid of how they will be viewed by others. A common example is how some women distance themselves from labeling themselves as feminists. The word often has a negative connotation because feminists are just seen as annoying, angry women who cannot let anything go.