By Molly Igoe
Dr. Elena Deanda, who is originally from Mexico, is an assistant professor of Spanish at Washington College and serves as the director of the Black Studies Program. She is in charge of Hispanic Heritage month, which takes place from Sept. 16 to Oct. 12 this year.
Dr. Deanda said, “Hispanic Heritage Month is to celebrate Hispanic culture, music, and politics, and to help spread the legacy of the Hispanic population in the United States.”
The only event for this year will take place on Wednesday Sept. 16, at 7 p.m., the comedic play “N*gger, Wetb*ck, Ch*nk” in Decker Theatre of the Gibson Center for the Arts. According to the WC website, “The popular show, which deals with racism head-on and with humor, has toured to more than 100 college campuses. One critic described it as ‘getting over racism 101.’ The show was originally written and performed by Miles Gregley, Rafael Agustin, and Allan Axibal. The trio members, each a part of an ethnic group insulted in the show’s title, met and became close friends while attending college in the Los Angeles area. The play arose from their personal experiences with racism.”
Dr. Deanda said, “The play is supposed to be controversial because it is bringing up three different minorities prevalent in the United States: Latinos, Chinese, and African-Americans. The interesting thing is that these groups are not minorities in actuality. Name calling in the play is a way to own the racial conversation in a healthy, mature way.”
She emphasized the importance of college students learning about different cultures outside of their own, “This is a great opportunity to see a different narrative and different experiences. Students should be exposed to other cultures to expand their horizons.”