Turning Point: Hispanic Heritage Month is more than a weeks-long party
By Editor - Tue Sep 15, 7:49 am
Daily, Latinos in the U.S. are reminded that they are different — whether it’s because of their different skin tones or the accents in their names — so for many, getting a month to celebrate their culture seems like both an understatement and an overcorrection. “We are Latino every day, we’re here every day, our communities exist every day, we care about our jobs and education every single day,” said Geraldo Cavada, the director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program at Northwestern University. Experts like Stephen Pitti, the founding director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration said that when it comes to educating Americans on the heritage of the Hispanic community, having a month is simply not enough to educate people on Hispanic background, history, and even the terms used when labeling Latinos.