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Whoa II... Shit Just Got Real... 'Dear Hillary, Let Me Introduce You to My Abuela' - HuffPo [View all]

Dear Hillary, Let Me Introduce You to My Abuela
Barbara Sostaita - Latin Voices/HuffPo
Posted: 12/23/2015 9:08 am EST Updated: 12/23/2015 9:59 am EST



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Dear Hillary,

Yesterday, a post appeared on your blog titled "8 Ways Hillary Clinton Is Just Like Your Abuela." Many Latinxs took offense to this article. My friends at Latino Rebels published a response to your blog post, including a round up of Twitter reactions, found here: http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/12/22/just-when-you-thought-hillary-clinton-couldnt-hispander-any-more-she-did-it-again/

Your post also troubles me. Not only because it says you "care about children everywhere," yet you once said Central American refugee children "should be sent back." Not even because you've once again appropriated our language and our culture when it's convenient for your political agenda. I'm upset because of my real, flesh-and-blood abuela, because your narrative erases her reality.

Let me introduce you to my abuela.

My abuela grew up in Buenos Aires in the 1930s and '40s. An orphan, she lived in a nunnery until the age of 18 and, later, with the family whose children she nannied until she met and married my grandfather. My abuela lived through Argentina's Great Depression, through a violent military coup in 1976, through thousands of deaths and disappearances during what is now known as the "Dirty War."

She cried when Evita died. She cried when her husband died of cancer. She cried when she heard that thousands of young boys who could have been her sons died in a failed attempt to save Las Islas Malvinas from the United Kingdom. My grandmother's life was not just the pain of imperialism and the suffering brought on by a cruel political system, however. In 1964, her only son -- my father -- was born.

In 1983, she returned to the polls to choose a president in the new democracy. In 1990, she saw her son marry the love of his life. The next year, she held her first grandchild in her arms for the first time. You see, Hillary, my abuela is nothing like you.

In 1999, my abuela was once again left orphaned when my parents, my sister and I were pushed out of Argentina for economic reasons and forced to resettle in the United States. While Hillary lived in the White House, my sister and I lived apart from our only living grandmother.

Separated from her for six years, we were unable to feel our abuela's love. Meanwhile, she was kept from the only family she had left. In 2005...

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More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-sostaita-/dear-hillary-let-me-introduce-you-to-my-abuela_b_8865684.html


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