I’ve always been drawn to the underdogs, the raggamuffins, the workers and the unassuming simple people. Perhaps because of my own family history. I grew up in a working barrio in Puerto Rico. My family life was simple, but not the voluntary simplicity option of the middle class, but the un-voluntary simplicity of the poor. The rituals of prayers and faith were not a trendy ancient-future expression of neo-Christianity, but the strong faith of the poor whom believe on God preferential option for them. This understanding of God’s option for the poor did not come from seminary taught lessons, but from their identification with key stories from their reading of Scriptures.
While spending time with my parents this last month I’ve been able to video record my parents telling of both of their families lives stories. My family story is full faith, struggle, resistance, creativity and survival.
Here is a brief list of my proletariat heritage:
What’s your proletariat heritage? Or if you dare to admit it, what is your bourgeoisie heritage?