Made in collaboration with Merryn Alaka and Audrey Ruiz
La Misma is calligraphy cut from sterling silver. The passage is a line from the poem “But” by Audrey Ruiz, a peer of ours. “I can’t speak Spanish, pero sé que la misma sangre de mis antepasados latinos corre por mis venas.” In English this translates to “I can’t speak Spanish, but I know that the same blood of my Latino ancestors runs through my veins”. In this piece we wanted to look at the history of the Spanish language in the United States and start the discussion of how Spanish is taught and learned in the US when it was something that was forcibly taken out of the education system for generations. Also, what does it mean to be a non-Spanish-speaking Latino?