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Hispanic Heritage Month
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Cesar shares his thoughts and feelings on what Hispanic Heritge Month means to him.
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What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to me? To be honest, this month creates mixed emotions. On one hand, it brings me joy to see my food and culture embraced and celebrated by so many different people. On the other hand, there’s an uncomfortable notion that people will eat my food and celebrate my culture but will not support me as a person. My experience growing up as a Brown immigrant taught me that unfortunately, some people in this country will appropriate parts of my culture but reject the rest. People will drink their margaritas while listening to the mariachis but become noticeably upset if I speak Spanish with my family in public places. I also have mixed emotions that Hispanic Heritage Month encompasses so many people and countries grouped together under a single term.
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closeThe diverse cultures and unique traditions we are meant to celebrate this month all get mixed together and diluted. In addition to the celebrating, I wish we could focus more on the issues that Brown people face in this country: the South American refugees journeying from far away to seek asylum in the United States, the street vendors harassed and assaulted while they try to earn a living, and the Dreamers abandoned to an unknown future that may not include citizenship in the only country they have ever known. I wish my perspective on Hispanic Heritage Month was more cheerful, but I cannot deny the reality that this country needs to improve for all the different people who help make this country a melting pot.
- Cesar Reyes, Branding & Design Director
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