My latest for NBC Latino.
Before I share the reasons as to why I detest Hispanic Heritage Month, I pause to offer a history lesson.
Did you know that this whole Hispanic Heritage Month thing started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and it only became Hispanic Heritage Month on August 17, 1988, when a public law of the United States was enacted? Need proof? Here’s the public law.
And here’s the government page that describes the history of what is turning into one of the most annoying four weeks of the year.
If Hispanic Heritage Month actually achieved what it was created to do , that is, to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” then I would be cool with it. Instead, the hope of real and authentic celebration has turned into oversaturation.
Just like almost everything…
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