Amanecí en tus Brazos (ft. Natalia Lafourcade)- Alondra de la Parra
"Tribute to the Chicano Working Class", Emigdio Vasquez. This mural, located in the Cypress barrio of Orange, Orange County, CA (I grew up in this area as well as in Santa Ana) was the center of debate in 2009 when the Orange Police Department claimed it promoted gang violence. Vasquez, who grew up in the Cypress Street neighborhood, painted this mural in 1979 as part of his master’s thesis for Cal-State Fullerton. Rather than view it as a piece of art in a neighborhood which prides itself on its cultural and historical roots, the nativist, anti-immigrant, conservative atmosphere of Orange makes it difficult for any culture to truly express itself. What is really at stake here, even as stated by Orange Police Detective Joel Nigro, is the threat that comes with portraying "rebellion against a perceived oppressive government through art” (OC Weekly). His use of the word “perceived” is important because he implies that there are no oppressive forces which contribute to the criminalization and marginalization of Latinos and people/communities of color alike. Orange is notorious for its negative treatment of people of color, especially towards undocumented individuals.
I hate school.
But I don’t hate education.
There’s a huge difference.