One of the current movements that caught the attention of Latinos in the last months is Black Lives Matter. This movement advocates against police brutality towards Black people. Latinos have joined the Black Lives Matter protests to show their support in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. They also joined these protests to show that they too are affected and targeted disproportionately by law enforcement. In one of the protests in Phoenix, Arizona, some activists were wearing masks that stated “Defund the Police”. Notably, the last 3 letters of “Police” were printed in red, referencing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Origin of Hispanic Heritage Month
In September of 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week as a celebration of the culture and contribution descendants of Spanish-speaking countries in America and Spain give to the United States. Two decades later, the U.S Congress extended the celebration to a month from September 15th to October 15th.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, a historic date that marks the anniversary of the independence of Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It also lands on the day before the anniversary of Mexican Independence: September the 16th. During those 4 weeks, the press, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and businesses organize events to celebrate Hispanic heritage and show how much they contribute to the United States.