In the latest episode of Topx Chicxs, Ayden and Beatrix unpack negative perceptions of the borderlands and uplift all the amazing work and resistance happening in Brownsville and the rest of the RGV. Our hosts are joined by special guest Sadie Hernandez, a Brownsville native and reproductive justice activist (Who along with our hosts, are NOT. HAVING. IT.) to discuss a questionable opinion piece about Brownsville featured in the Texas Observer. Not today, Satan! Listen to the episode or read an excerpt below.

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Beatrix: What were some of the things that did stick out to you in this article Sadie?

Sadie: What really stuck out to me in this piece was just like his degrading language for the people…

Beatrix: It’s just like one of those things where it’s like, what was the point of this article, this opinion piece on Brownsville? And who was it aimed for?

Because like you said, the people that are living here have been continuously and consistently resisting this idea of a fence and a wall and any kind physical barrier…”

Adrian: The thing that pissed me off, maybe the most, was how he really perpetuates this narrative that people from the Valley are…stupid. Like we’re just dumb and uneducated. He literally says it, at the end…

Number one, fuck you, because I know I’m loud as a fuck and there’s other people in this community that are like me, like Sadie, like Joe, like the RGV no Border Wall Coalition, No LNG, like

Sadie: “Go off, go off”…

Adrian: I’m going off now, like I’m shaking mad now. And it’s like, this shit pissed me off because people from the Valley are very smart. Ok? So number one, fuck you for saying that. Because we’ve been doing the work, we’ve been smart about the work. Just because you were here for 10 months…and you didn’t do anything those 10 months doesn’t mean you get to tell us we haven’t done anything for years…

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Beatrix: Obviously systematically there’s so many things going on that are out of our control that contribute to us being in poverty, people dying of diabetes, being morbidly obese, and everything that’s associated with those kind of health outcomes. People are seeing a rise in HIV infections within the Latino gay community. There’s so many things that are out there. We are constantly living the results of these systems playing in our day to day lives…

{But] there’s so many people doing so much about these things here in the Valley; organizing, planning marches, protests, and rallies. Doing literally whatever it takes to literally have our voices heard. Literally created a whole platform-a whole media platform-called Neta to have our voices heard because so many people out there in the world were coming here and talking about the border and not even asking us questions and just kind of coming into this territory and exploiting our stories and our lived experiences just to give off this fucking narrative that we’re stuck in this shitty ‘shithole.’ Like no, this is not a shithole. This is our community, this is where we live, where we grow up…”

Sadie: For people out there listening, I think we should really hash out the things people have done. Just to give a shoutout to people who have been doing such good work. It’s one thing to say that this guy is wrong, but it’s also important to uplift the work that we have been doing so that way more and more people can support…We should be talking from Maria from the ACLU, las Poderosas…

Beatrix: Yes!..Maria from ACLU…she’s been doing a really good job of having KYR checkpoints in the community…LUPE and the Poderosas [who recently did the] #LetEvaStay Campaign…

Who else do we want to shoutout?

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