Celebrate Latino Heritage, All Cultures, Every Day | Letters
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Why do we celebrate Latin heritage one month a year? We Latinos will be Latinos all year round, and will be for the rest of our lives. One month is not enough.
Like Black History Month, Blacks will be Black for the rest of their lives.
We should celebrate all cultures every day, without labels, without limits. We should celebrate every culture and we should celebrate life.
However, given the circumstances and this opportunity, let’s celebrate.
Celebrating Latino heritage is a way to remember where we came from, who we are and where we are going. Not just where we go as individuals, not just with our people, but also within society – in our communities, in schools, in the workplace and on the streets – with our actions, our words, our music, our food. The combination of all of this is the celebration of the Latin heritage for humanity.
Celebrating Latin heritage is also a way to assess Latin American contributions to the community and how we have adopted our culture into everyday life. It’s done from elementary school to college, from the farm fields to Wall Street.
Celebrating the Latino heritage is also a way to remind the rest of the community that we are just people with a different skin color. We don’t just eat tacos, rice and chicken. Let’s celebrate so that the rest of the people understand that we are also human beings and that we are like all the other people in all the other communities.
Let us also celebrate Latin contributions to society – technology, medicine, agriculture, pop culture – which have contributed to the development of society. Here I will mention a few Latinos who make us proud and who have contributed to prosperity and humanitarian efforts: Cesar Chavez, Civil Rights. America Ferrer, Civil Rights and Entertainment.
If we are talking about entertainment, we have Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez.
For the arts, we have Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Yuri Herrera, Manuel Gonzalez.
In sports, there are Alex Rodriguez, Pedro Martinez, Fernando Valenzuela, Tony Gonzalez and Jeff Garcia.
In science we can have Rodolfo Nati Vela, Domingo Liotta. In government, there is Sonia Sotomayor at the Supreme Court of the United States.
In fashion and pop culture, there’s Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Guerrera, and Isabell Toledo.
This is just to mention a few of the talented Latinos in our daily lives.
Here are some anecdotes:
• Taco Tuesday was invented here in the United States.
• Not all Latinos are Mexican.
• Mexicans do not speak Mexican.
• Finally, what some see as a contribution to the world: tequila.
I would like to thank some Latin American companies in the region. Eddy Ulerio and his group of Latino professionals, Society of Hispanic Professionals. Latin restaurants: Mariachi, Sabor Latino, La Isla and Me Casita De Familia. Clothing brand BlndVision in the apparel and printing industry. They all strive to be productive members of society – a society to which we all belong. I would like to apologize to anyone I did not mention.
When we celebrate, let us not forget the pain and suffering that came before us. Violence, discrimination, hunger – just for the simple act of seeking a better life, in search of the American dream. Many died in their quest. Those who have not opened the way for others have rested us. In memory of those who died, I would like to dedicate all these lines. I would also like to dedicate it to my family who have seen and experienced the difficulties that Latinos go through while contributing to the progress of our culture and its personal development.
All of the above makes us remember and celebrate. Celebrate the fact that we came to the United States in search of a future, for our children and grandchildren. The way we contribute to society, the contributions in all areas, everything is focused on the future and the well-being of our children.
Thinking ahead – this is how we celebrate Latin heritage, a legacy we would like to share with the world, a legacy that makes everyone a friend.
It is also a heritage that makes us all equal, a heritage that makes us understand each other, a heritage that knows no divisions, a heritage that seeks prosperity regardless of skin color and language, a a legacy that we share for this purpose because we have already walked this path.
We have reaped this fruit. We already know about suffering and we would like to share our experiences so that we can live in harmony with one another.
Celebrate the Latin heritage with us. Hi.
(Jesus Carmona, an active member of the Latino community, has lived and worked in the Hazleton area and currently lives in Minersville, where he enjoys giving his opinion.)