Esto es para mis familias latinas…
I did it once, and I will never do it again.
As a teenager, I committed a grievous sin in Latino culture- I talked back to my mother.
She paused for a moment, and I saw anger in her face. She didn’t yell at me nor did she hit me. She grabbed my arm, looked me in the eye and in a stern voice said, “You will NEVER disrespect me like that again.” I was then escorted to my room to begin what would be a very long punishment phase.
Respect for parents and elders is important to Latinos. It’s not oppression or a dominance issue; it’s just the way things are.
See related Roadkill Goldfish post: My experience as a white Hispanic