United but Not One People

 

Growing up as a fair-skinned, hazel-eyed, freckled girl with ethnic hair, people around me struggled with identifying my race, nationality, and ethnicity. Too many times, I have found myself correcting my peers, colleagues and friends on who or “what” they think I am. Time and time again, I’ve had to explain that being Latino is more of a cultural identification than just merely a racial marker. We identify ourselves based on countries of origin throughout Latin America.

 

Somos (we are) Dominicanos, Mexicanos, Puertorriqueño, Colomibianos, and much more. Most importantly, we are united, but not one people!

 

 

Video/Photo credits:

Premiere Kid Productions

Flowers Communications Group

Passel, J. S., & Cohn, D. (2008, February 11). U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050. Retrieved October 13, 2016, from http://www.pewhispanic.org/2008/02/11/us-population-projections-2005-2050/

Supplemental video and images courtesy of Google images

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