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Hispanic Heritage Month Opening

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Hispanic Heritage Month Opening

By Aleksandra Emmanuel

The​ ​commencement​ ​of​ ​National​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​is​ ​upon​ ​us.​ ​Every​ ​semi-Latino​ ​is dusting​ ​off​ ​their​ ​tattered​ ​flag​ ​and​ ​hanging​ ​it​ ​high,​ ​in​ ​hopes​ ​of​ ​appeasing​ ​their​ ​elderly​ ​relatives who​ ​shun​ ​them​ ​for​ ​not​ ​being​ ​“hispanic​ ​enough”.​ ​However​ ​frustrating​ ​it​ ​may​ ​be​ ​to​ ​explain​ ​to Abuelita​ ​how​ ​different​ ​the​ ​times​ ​are​ ​and​ ​how​ ​you​ ​are​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​in​ ​the​ ​homeland,​ ​don't​ ​absent mindedly​ ​nod​ ​and​ ​hope​ ​she​ ​gets​ ​annoyed​ ​of​ ​her​ ​own​ ​voice​ ​just​ ​yet;​ ​Abuelita​ ​has​ ​a​ ​point. Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​has​ ​been​ ​gifted​ ​to​ ​us​ ​Latinos​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​our​ ​culture​ ​and​ ​to​ ​educate non-hispanics​ ​on​ ​what​ ​Hispanics​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​our​ ​community.​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​spans from​ ​September​ ​15​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​October​ ​15;​ ​if​ ​you​ ​haven't​ ​fully​ ​engaged​ ​or​ ​benefited​ ​from what​ ​this​ ​celebration​ ​offers,​ ​you​ ​still​ ​have​ ​time.​ ​On​ ​Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​17,​ ​2017,​ ​Mayor Teresa​ ​Jacobs​ ​helped​ ​kick​ ​off​ ​the​ ​festivities​ ​of​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​in​ ​Orange​ ​County.​ ​If you​ ​are​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​the​ ​celebration,​ ​and​ ​would​ ​like​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​the​ ​zest​ ​and intensity​ ​for​ ​yourself,​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​events​ ​for​ ​the​ ​remainder​ ​of​ ​the​ ​month.​ ​Now,​ ​please​ ​don't jump​ ​to​ ​conclusions​ ​and​ ​assume​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​is​ ​just​ ​an​ ​excuse​ ​to​ ​spend​ ​your​ ​entire paycheck​ ​at​ ​your​ ​local​ ​Chipotle.​ ​

 

On​ ​September​ ​15,​ ​1821,​ ​5​ ​countries​ ​won​ ​their​ ​independence: Guatemala,​ ​Costa​ ​Rica,​ ​El​ ​Salvador,​ ​Honduras,​ ​and​ ​Nicaragua.​ ​Mexico,​ ​Chile,​ ​and​ ​Belize​ ​all celebrate​ ​their​ ​independence​ ​in​ ​September​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​Hispanic​ ​Heritage​ ​Month​ ​is​ ​our​ ​opportunity to​ ​switch​ ​the​ ​spotlight​ ​over​ ​to​ ​these​ ​countries​ ​and​ ​internalize​ ​their​ ​contribution​ ​to​ ​our communities.​ ​These​ ​Hispanic​ ​and​ ​Latino​ ​countries​ ​have​ ​had​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​influence​ ​on​ ​North American​ ​culture,​ ​everything​ ​from​ ​food​ ​to​ ​entertainment.​ ​However,​ ​one​ ​Latino​ ​involvement​ ​that is​ ​largely​ ​overlooked​ ​is​ ​the​ ​role​ ​Hispanics​ ​have​ ​played​ ​in​ ​American​ ​history.​ ​We​ ​forget​ ​names like​ ​Simon​ ​Bolivar​ ​and​ ​José​ ​de​ ​San​ ​Martin,​ ​men​ ​who​ ​sought​ ​out​ ​democracy.​ ​Their​ ​statues stand​ ​today​ ​in​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Mall​ ​and​ ​Historic​ ​Parks​ ​in​ ​Washington​ ​D.C..​ ​Let​ ​this​ ​Hispanic Heritage​ ​Month​ ​ignite​ ​a​ ​newfound​ ​appreciation​ ​for​ ​the​ ​participation​ ​of​ ​Latinos​ ​in​ ​communities​ ​all around​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States.​ ​This​ ​celebration​ ​is​ ​much​ ​more​ ​than​ ​just​ ​another​ ​one​ ​of​ ​Abuelita’s exaggerations;​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​time​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​what​ ​the​ ​Hispanic​ ​and​ ​Latino​ ​culture​ ​has​ ​done,​ ​and continues​ ​to​ ​do,​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Americas.​ ​Breakout​ ​your​ ​frayed​ ​flag​ ​and​ ​wave​ ​it​ ​with​ ​ferocious​ ​pride​ ​in acknowledgement​ ​of​ ​every​ ​Hispanic​ ​and​ ​Latino,​ ​paving​ ​the​ ​way​ ​for​ ​future​ ​generations.  

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