The (white) eagle, eating a snake

Alex Buckley identifies as Latino – he has Mexican heritage – but other people in his community often reject him as a white boy posing as a Mexican because he thinks it’s the cool thing to be. Alex has to find ways to accept the different strains of his identity – his physical appearance, which he doesn’t want to apologize for, and his Mexican roots, which are real to him. He uses the image of the eagle on the Mexican flag to reconcile his image problem. “The common reaction is, ‘You’re not Mexican, really?’ Some people actually felt offended by it, like I insulted the race or something.” See this first-person video project, from Media Arts Center San Diego.

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