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John Leguizamo's Latin History for Morons
He says this early on during his latest one-man show, Latin History for Morons. The year-old actor was born in Colombia, but moved to New York when he was only 4 years old. Leguizamo is the embodiment of the American dream: the young immigrant from the ghetto who goes on to be a Hollywood star. And yet, he frequently finds himself under attack, mostly on Twitter, because of his heritage. A few years ago, he found out his teenage son was being bullied in high school in similar ways.
El Espace is a column dedicated to news and culture relevant to Latinx communities. Expect politics, arts, analysis, personal essays and more. Early indicators show that voting in the midterms was up among women, Latinos and young people. And a record-breaking number of women, people of color and young people were elected. At my polling location in Queens, I saw one of the volunteers hurriedly help a woman fill out a provisional ballot, then fold it and toss it onto an increasingly unwieldy pile. The Democrats won back a majority in the House and Republicans maintained control of the Senate, gaining a few more seats. In the show, Leguizamo takes on the role of a professor attempting to find a Latinx hero for his son to research for a middle school project.
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But as Leguizamo sought to teach his son more about the contributions and impact of Latinx people, he realized just how ignorant he was himself. Holla, my New York City, underfunded, public-school system. In , the sociologist and historian James W. Read: The problem with history classes. So Leguizamo, in pursuit of everything his history books left out, started reading.
By the end of the show, he hopes his audiences will leave emboldened by his raucously funny and politically urgent lecture. Until the very last day when they pull me off the stage. Everything is evolving constantly. They make a noise, they go wepa! In a way, the show seems designed to capture the imagination of those sitting in the back of the classroom. The kids who, like Leguizamo himself, always felt disengaged from lessons that never included them. I know you can!
Five minutes into my conversation with John Leguizamo, he was in tears, unable to get his words out. After every show, Leguizamo does a book signing, where he greets fans. In class, the teacher corrected Lucas: Chibcha was the language; Muisca was the tribe. You just make up shit! As it turned out, Latin heroes were hard to come by, having been wiped out by smallpox, slaughtered by conquistadors, and banished from textbooks.