written by Jessica Hoppe
For nearly a decade Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez has stood at the forefront of a cultural shift—the reckoning of the colonial project through the veil of Latinidad. Establishing a platform in 2013 via social media, Mojica Rodríguez bucked popular expectations of “Hispanic excellence” and narratives of resilience, offering in its stead a radical and political platform challenging the toxic and long held norms of the Latinx community. Her message struck a chord, and over time amassed a following of 212,000 supporters. By 2021, a book written by the voice of Latina Rebels was highly anticipated, to say the least.
Mojica Rodríguez, a Nicaraguan immigrant and graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, witnessed the hypocrisy of academics who celebrated the work of Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and yet did not apply the principles that align teacher and pupil as the co-creators of knowledge. “You have to be willing to be vulnerable,” Mojica Rodríguez told The Latino Book Review, “to create bonds with the people that you're teaching—breaking down all hierarchies and all the titles that everyone (in academia especially) really loves.”
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