Imagine you were blindfolded and didn’t know anything about where you were. There was no sound, sight, smell, and nothing you can place, it’s blank. Now take off the blindfold and take a moment to breathe in a deep breath and then slowly let it out and begin to notice what is around you. The place feels new, it’s warm, there is green all around, people, music, and food. There is no threat to you. The land, people, sound, and taste welcomes you into this new space. Where do you think you are? You think you're in peace, in love, unity and constant navigation into this new area with other humans. There is no name for this place, it’s just home to all who wish to call it home in their way. In the same way, I took you on a journey to a place that I said has no name is the same way a group of people traveled to an unknown land and told you its name was America. Now can you see how if America can be started as a thought whether stolen or not, structures of minority groups can be as well? The show La Miguelito captures the liminal phases of the main character coming to terms with her legacy with concepts through death, religion, and art. Although it seems like the play is allowing minority groups to take up space, be seen that they are more than just the minority, I will argue that they are not dismantling the existent thought of being a minority at all.
I don't even believe there is such a thing as a minority I believe it was a thought that began to manifest from groups of individuals who took on the superior role. To even go as far as to say there is no such thing as white, it's all false illusions. They are mindsets and things that have been spoken over and over and started as a make-believe that took on the role of make-belief and is now the current reality. To extend this thought further, that there is only a majority who either came here by force, by fleeing and by conjuring the natives of the land. To help provide evidence for this argument through the play I plan to look through the lenses of the writer and actors in La Miguelito. I wanted to examine the way their characters viewed the world and why. What was so needed from the audience to have them bring them into their world by breaking the fourth wall? What structure did the play have in place that mimics the structure America performs daily and do they think that was a natural or man-made structure.
When interviewing the main character Daniela Cervantes about feeling like a minority group she said "Since the play doesn’t cover the entire span of their life it is not shown in the play that Miguelito has a moment of realization that they are a minority. I can only imagine that it was during their coming of age years when interactions with white America that they learned that they learned they were different in contrast. When asked if she felt if being a minority had to do with numbers she responded "Being a minority has nothing to do with a number. As seen in multiple places across the United States, “minority” groups tend to make up a large number of the populations. What makes people of color minorities is their positionality in comparison to white society by the perspective of white people.