Gonzalez: “I don’t know why they call Spanish a Romance language. There’s nothing ‘romantic’ about cultural imperialism and racial genocide, which is the legacy of the people who brought it to the New World.”
  • Gonzalez: “I don’t know why they call Spanish a Romance language. There’s nothing ‘romantic’ about cultural imperialism and racial genocide, which is the legacy of the people who brought it to the New World.”
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“When the Spanish came to the Americas,” says UCSD’s Dean of Re-education Manuela Gonzalez, “they were not content to bring a nightmare of slaughter, disease, pillage, and exploitation. They went further, imposing upon the people a language that was itself intrinsically imposing, assigning ‘genders’ to the things it named. ‘La rosa’ — rose— is female, while ‘el teatro’ — theater — is male. We know now that these imposed notions of gender are violent and unacceptable, and that things must be allowed to determine their own identity. Therefore, starting today, we are calling for the elimination of Spanish language use on campus. We realize that this may prove difficult and even upsetting for some of our Latinx students, but every glorious revolution must involve some amount of personal sacrifice.”

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