This scene represents the struggle of non-Spanish speaking Latin@s. I would say the struggle for non-Spanish speaking AfroLatin@s is way different because Black bodies are raced much differently than Mestiz@s in the US. Being juxtaposed to a non-Latin@ for doing something you otherwise you feel you should be able to do is so personally intense and painful not simply because this other person speaks something you don’t:
- but being able to grasp the racist system that may have led a parent to want your life to be a bit “smoother” than theirs, so they choose to shield you from the -isms by wanting you to blend in as much as possible… thinking that would ensure your success if you’re seen as an “insider,” even if that insider status is not the highest … simply trying to help you avoid the social traumas they endured.
- Or because of the effects of classism*racism*sexism, etc that can lead to drug and/or alcohol abuses that prevent parents from having time to teach their child the mother tongue that would allow them to communicate with their family “back home”
- Or because of trauma that parents experienced as a child *at home* and all they want to do is run away and deliberately decide not to teach children things of their “past”; I would argue even this running away is caused by -isms in the home country.
- etc, etc.
The -isms and trauma that prevent parents from passing on a language, it’s a lot. In regards to this scene though, Piper’s whiteness already imbues hella privilege even behind bars, so for Gloria to juxtapose Daya to Piper (even with her horrible accent) … Dayanara’s expression in the last scene is processing so much right now - her mother’s drama, feeling inadequate, shame, contemplating her latinidad in respect to Spanish even though she understands it but doesn’t speak it fluently, feeling like something about Gloria’s statement is right, wishing Piper would just gtf away …
This scene was so powerful.
(Source: sergioxaguilera, via holyfuckmeinthemouth)