Ending Chancla Culture
Ending Chancla Culture is a movement founded by Latinx Parenting’s Leslie Priscilla, which pushes back on the widely-accepted practice of corporeal punishment in Latinx communities. Violence, she argues, is a practice we learned from colonization and its effects; going back to our Indigenous roots, we instead embrace tenderness and respect for our children. Learning this and pressing into information that backed up everything she was saying, taught me to see things in a new light.
See, I made a lot of excuses for my parents in the past: “I was a lot to handle as a teenager. I really knew how to push their buttons. I wasn’t being who they raised me to be.” In reality, I was a child, still figuring a lot out, including who I myself was, something they did not often give me the space to process. Naming things for what they were was and is still a healing act: “That was not okay. What happened to me was not okay. How I was treated was not okay.” When I learned to do this with my childhood, it became easier to see what my son needed from me: the space to be exactly who God was making him to be, not who I needed him to be.
“Te quiero en las buenas y las malas”
Holding Space for Nuance
My parents loved me immensely growing up. This however does not mean they were perfect. I have had to unpack a lot about my childhood to really understand myself and them… in therapy. Both things can be true: I had excellent parents who did their very best AND I am continually healing from the ways they messed up. One thing I kept seeing people get wrong when the movie Encanto came out was the belief that Abuela was somehow the villian. But no. No, the villian here is forced displacement and intergenerational trauma. In some way, shape, or form, this often occurs in communities of color and immigrant populations. Our ancestors functioned from a survivor mentality, because that was their reality. But we as future generations owe it to them to say and live out: “It doesn’t have to be this way.” Because truly, it does not. For the sake of our children, it does not.