This week on 'Being Latino on Facebook' we educated our fans and discussed the five foods that can trigger a stroke.
We then discussed the dichotomy that is gentrification. Who wins if the beautification of a neighborhood requires that the more affluent move there. Does the neighborhood also lose its sense of authenticity?
The author put it succinctly: “People who slam gentrification sometimes glamorize a neighborhood’s character. To such individuals, graffiti and crumbling buildings are not signs of blight. They are symbols of ‘authenticity.’ Hence, conflict erupts between those who want to sanitize and even anesthetize a neighborhood, and those who want to keep things unchanged, even if the place is a grimy dive.”
We also discussed Latino men who, in search of a ‘genuine’ Latina wife, travel to Latin America to find one, believing that Latinas in the U.S. are not as ‘pure.’
That kind of assumption is not the only one that Latinos make about other Latinos. Quite often, we make judgments about whether others are Latino enough, categorizing those whom we feel are not sell-outs.
It’s human nature to make snap judgments, but in a world where information is right at the tip of our fingers, perhaps we think our feelings are justified because we supposedly know more.
But does information that we access so easily via Google and other search engines make us any smarter or just more knowledgeable? The two don’t always go hand in hand.
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