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This Scene From "Selena" Perfectly Captures What It's Like To Be Latino In The U.S.

For Mexican-Americans and everyone else living in the hyphen.

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So, we've all seen Selena, right?

The answer is yes.
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The answer is yes.

While the film has many iconic moments ("Anything for Salinas!"), there's one scene in particular that hits home for Mexican-Americans and pretty much ALL U.S. Latinos.

So, Abraham informs A.B. and Selena that they were offered to play a gig in Monterrey, Mexico.

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A.B. and Selena are both ECSTATIC. But Abraham...well...he's not too happy. And this is where he teaches his kids the difference between being Mexican and Mexican-American.

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So, Selena, not able to comprehend the struggle of ~living in the hyphen~, responds in kind:

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Abraham then points out an issue that U.S. Latinos (especially the children of immigrants) can relate to: speaking Spanish.

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It doesn't matter how well we think we speak it, it will ALWAYS sound a little funny.
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It doesn't matter how well we think we speak it, it will ALWAYS sound a little funny.

Abraham then goes into a monologue that's WAAAAY TOO REAL for U.S. Latinos.

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Luckily, Selena and A.B. know exactly what they need to get the job done in Monterrey.

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Being a U.S. Latino comes with its own set of struggle,s and Abraham perfectly captures that frustration. There's a constant sense of rejection because we live right down the middle between two large identities (the hyphen).

But did that stop Selena from succeeding in life?

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No, it did not.

So don't let it stop you. :)
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So don't let it stop you. :)

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