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Tacos & Punk: Discussing What Women of Color Face in the Local Scene| KQED Arts

Tacos & Punk: Discussing What Women of Color Face in the Local Scene| KQED Arts

(instrumental music) – I often just felt like I didn’t quite fit in, all the way, all the time in the punk scene in general, and sometimes I would feel lonely. I had to come out as a
person of color first. I was so sick of feeling this fractured identity, and so finally when I was just going to be strong about being a chicana, Kind
of freaked some people out. (punk music) I can’t imagine how it
was, in like, the 90s, where it’s probably the
majority of punk scenes you’re entering– – [Michelle] Very white. – Very white. I didn’t go in expecting any of that. I thought, I’m just, like, awesome. I’m in a punk band; I totally fit in. Then I realized, no, I don’t. – [Christine] Yeah. – I don’t, and I don’t see
many people like myself. – I definitely feel that on a daily basis, and in punk, in a place
where you should feel like there’s open doors, there’s
still that feeling, you know? (punk music) – We’re accused of cultural appropriation by a riot girl for the
saying mi cuerpo es mio, my body is mine. That’s like, totally
encompasses everything Spitboy is. I had decided on the title because I wanted, I just was
really kind of craving visibility as a chicana in the punk scene. It was then that I realized that people don’t see me for who I really am. (punk music vocalizations) – Being a younger brown person, not seeing a lot of femmes playing music, that’s kind of where I was coming from. And then I found out that people of color were involved and had been
involved since the beginning. – [Michelle] Right. – That’s when I– – [Michelle] Claim your space. – Yeah. (guitar music) – For me, I guess it was
never about punk rock, it was about the message. Los Crullos really helped me see, fine, I’m the only person of color in the band, but I was shy, I was definitely shy about writing about immigrant issues or people of color. What I did really taught me a lot and gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of courage. While there were some
struggles with the band, as there always are, some of those struggles came down to ethnicity and class differences. I still learned so much about myself, and I learned how to
talk about those things. You know, if you have something to say, and you say it enough, or
you say it loud enough, or you say it well enough,
someone will listen and someone will be interested, and they’ll be interested because our experience is
universal for the most part. (piano music) (applause and cheering)

4 comments on “Tacos & Punk: Discussing What Women of Color Face in the Local Scene| KQED Arts

  1. "Waaaah Waaaah the punk scene was majority white! Waaaah Waaaah our identities are sooooo important us!" As if punk wasn't full of enough whiny social justice politics as it is… .

  2. So the punk scene didn't care what race they were and they had a problem with that because they themselves were fixated on race. And now they push racial identity shit. Good grief.

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