By Alex Temblador
In a recent video featured on Mitu, titled “An Ode to Being Blaxican,” a grandmother starts off by saying, “Be proud of who you are. Black, brown, it don’t matter. You are both, and don’t let nobody tell you any different.” It’s not too hard to fall in love with this woman!
The video features a Mexican grandmother who married a black man during a time when doing so received a lot of racist backlash from others who didn’t agree with her having a mixed family.
To those people who were going to show hate against her family, the grandmother had one thing to say: “And they can kiss my ass then.” Right on, abuela!
Today, this grandmother celebrates both racial heritages with her family in different ways such as with food. She makes a large spread that includes fried chicken, nopales, beans, tostadas, and corn bread.
However, she does note that it was hard raising mixing kids. “You try to, you know, show them that they’re no different than anybody else, but you have people that don’t see it like that.”
Her grandson also adds perspective to the life of mixed children: “The hardest part is knowing where to fit in.” He adds, “Coming up black and Mexican, most times, people want to tell you, you know, cause they look at you one way, they want you to be easily identified.”
But theirs is a mixed identity and one that this family remains strong in celebrating.
“To me, mixed kids, they’re beautiful kids,” says the grandmother. Watch the full video below and watch yourself fall in love with this strong matriarch and her poet grandson.