Are you teaching OYE comO Va?
then please Consider what I have to say>>>
Do you know what the lyrics are saying?
Oye como va, mi ritmo
Bueno pa' gozar, m*lata
(Listen to my rhythm
Good for fun m*lata)
The Merrimm-Webster defines:
mu·lat·ta | \ məˈlatə, myəˈ-, myüˈ-, -atə \
plural -sDefinition of mulatta
: a mulatto woman or girl : MULATTRESS
Definition of mulatto
1usually offensive: the first-generation offspring of a Black person and a white person
2usually offensive: a person of mixed white and Black ancestryFirst Known Use of mulatto1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1
History and Etymology for mulattoSpanish mulato, from mulo mule, from Latin mulus
As a mixed person, who is of Black and white ancestry, I was shocked and then hurt, to know this song that I loved by Santana, was calling me less than human, likening me and my mixed identify to that of a mule.
I literally taught this song to my students last year, and felt immediate shame knowing I continued to normalize the dehumanization of Black bodies through this awful term in
So here I am, to say I am NOT anything less because of my mixed identity, Mixed people are people and deserve to be treated as such.
Join me in finding a different song that shows off Santana's Talent. I can NOT tell you how to be antiracist, in your teaching practice. Perhaps i can suggest you find AnOther Santana song. I encourage you to find a Santana song that honors him without degradIng mixed people.
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What are some suggestions you might have?
Comment your ideas below!
10/26/2022 11:29:32 am
Thank you for writing this. The song was originally written by Tito Puente and I just used his song during Hispanic Heritage Month a few weeks ago. I really appreciate you taking the time to share important information - I will definitely revise my lessons.
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