Hispanic Heritage Month Opening

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening

Hispanic Heritage Month at City of Orlando City Hall Hispanic Heritage Month at City of Orlando City Hall Jhonn De La Puente

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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