Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I do...With Someone Else

So what happens when a Latino/a marries someone outside their supposed "race". All hell breaks loose that's what happens. So much is the case in "Our Family Wedding" when newly engaged couple, and Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross) decide to announce it right after college. With insults flying and tempers running high, it's anyone's guess if the alpha dads (Forest Whitaker and Carlos Mencia) will survive to make it down the aisle in one piece. We can only imagine what the mothers are thinking and even better yet, the grandmothers.

Is it me or are our old school familias very certain we're going to marry a Latina? God forbid we bring someone dark-skinned home because people will start asking questions. Yet I have seen time after time my cousins do just that! Almost all of my cousins (on mom's side) have married or dated someone who is not Latino. Did this spark controversy? I'm sure it did, but in the end everyone was happy with the decision. In fact, it was the Latino/Latina wedding which brought the most pain.
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