Marginalized People And Their Influence On The Legacy Of Punk Music
I have always felt an elevated state of unrest in my body. As a kid, I wasn’t able to conceptualize those emotions and my distrust of society, so I looked for other ways to release the tension. I exclusively wore black clothes, couldn’t relate to my peers and would pour over graphic novels hidden behind the Holy Bible at my Catholic Church. All of these things drove my very Puerto Rican mother crazy!
My walkman and eventually mp3 player were my best friends. I loaded them up with all the music I could find that resonated with my kid angst. It wasn’t long before I discovered punk, hardcore, and metal music, which helped me get through it all. One of the biggest misconceptions I’ve seen around these genres of music is that it is made by/for cis white men. This isn’t the truth.
I think the average US consumer has no idea how much cross-pollination happens between creative ideas of people across North and South America. Government tyranny, social/class issues, discrimination, and poverty spurred the early punk machine to give us what we understand as the genre today. Marginalized people from all walks of life contributed to the sentiment behind the music — the deep resentment of being misunderstood.
Learn the Latinx and queer roots behind the punk scene, which made it integral to generations of our community in the video below.