Anónimo ha dicho: Hello! I am currently in a tough situation. I have a project in Spanish class that requires me to dress up as a famous Hispanic person for part of my grade. How do I go about this without appropriating your culture and still able to get a good grade in my class? I was originally planning on dressing as Frida Kahlo, but I knew it would be distasteful to her memory, legacy, and personal beliefs. I am white and I want to know what you think because it's your opinion I care about most.
Firstly, thank you anon for being continuous of your potentially offensive choices. You’re right that dressing up as Frida Kahlo would be disrespectful.
I think it’s important to also become aware of the fact that a “Hispanic” person is someone who descents from a Castilian speaking country. The way the message above is worded makes it seems like Hispanic people are one huge homogeneous group, when in reality people of Hispanic descent can come from, either by birth or family decent, countries like Spain and various Latin American nations. The fact that different countries, nationalities, races, and cultures are involved means that there really is no such thing as “Hispanic culture”. Hispanic is more a language related term, which becomes problematic when used to lump people into a single category. I suggest checking out this post I wrote a while back on the subject.
With that said, have you thought about dressing up as a fictional character? I think dressing up as Don Quijote would be hilarious, creative, a A+ worthy.
Hope this helped and good luck,