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Hispanic Heritage Month

Is the community being represented?

Bianca Briones, Staff

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September 16, 1810, priest Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell of his church in Guanajuato, Mexico to show their independence from Spain. Each year, there is a celebration like the Fourth of July, but unlike that holiday, the Latino community celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month, from the fifteenth of September to fifteenth of October. Even though there is a month to commemorate their independence, is there enough representation?  

In this day and age, the Hispanic community has faced many hardships.

“Growing up being Mexican is tough, because you have to face racism which no one should have to go through,” senior Jose P. said. 

Growing up, Jose was raised by both parents who came from Mexico. He felt very pressured to take care of the family since his parents couldn’t speak english.

“It’s hard having parents who left everything to give us a better life. Nowadays, immigration is to the point where some of my family members are scared to leave their house,” Jose P. said. “There’s more racism that we face and it sucks because even though we have a month, we don’t get recognized for how much we Latinos actually do for our community across the states.”

Hispanic and Latinos are the second-largest ethnic group in the states. The Latino culture is heavily shown in America from their food and language, to going to a Latino country for vacation. Yet, there is still no real pride for their celebration which makes some Mexican Americans feel out of place.

“Growing up being Mexican and going to a mostly white school was pretty weird. Most of the time I had to hide the fact that we didn’t grow up really privileged and have as much as everyone else did,” senior Erik R. said. “I felt embarrassed liking different food and music because everyone thought I was weird.” 

In America, there is no big party for the independence unlike Cinco De Mayo, which is not as celebrated in Mexico like it is in America. Some fear the racism and backlash of their beliefs and are afraid of the possible consequences from society. Each culture makes up America and each have an impact yet, some still do not get the respect that they should.

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