Quotation by Ana Castillo

Hispanic gives us all one ultimate paternal cultural progenitor: Spain. The diverse cultures already on the American shores when the Europeans arrived, as well as those introduced because of the African slave trade, are completely obliterated by the term. Hispanic is nothing more than a concession made by the U. S. legislature when they saw they couldn't get rid of us. If we won't go away, why not at least Europeanize us, make us presentable guests at the dinner table, take away our feathers and rattles and civilize us once and for all.
Ana Castillo (b. 1953), Mexican–American poet, essayist, and feminist. Massacre of the Dreamers, ch. 1 (1994).

Castillo was born in the United States to Mexican immigrants.
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