To quote Fredrick Douglas: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both.”
I am proud to join mis hermanas/os at the steps of the Capitol on Thursday. It saddens me to know that violence against women in Texas has become an epidemic. It is difficult to write stylistically when it deals with violence against women. It is usually written in statistics, and the statistical path to the heart is more figurative than literal. To give you an idea – 5.2 million Latinas in Texas are personally affected by domestic violence. Two out of every 5 Latinas (39%) experience severe abuse and 1 out of every 5 Latinas (18%) report being forced to have sex against their will.
When the issue is discussed within our community, missing from these discussions are the male voices to speak out against violence. Especially missing is the call to re-defining the cultural term machismo. It is a gap that needs to be filled; otherwise, it only diverts attention to women’s behavior rather than men’s accountability for the violence. As a Latino, I am disgusted with the misogynistic ideas that are embedded in our culture.
We can no longer sit on the sidelines when it comes to violence against women. Action speaks louder than words; to do nothing tangible other than make statements is nothing more than a farce. More importantly, as Tejanos, how can we advocate for equality if we turn a blind eye to the oppression occurring within our own community? If we don’t change our own consciousness, we cannot change our own actions or demand change from others. We should feel ashamed when we see fathers, brothers and uncles treat women with contempt, and when it comes to rape, it only lessens us as men.
The time is now to say BASTA!
That is an abridged version from a post I did for SlutWalk
– by Amaury E. Nora