This week on Being Latino, we shared words of wisdom from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Junot Diaz, who in speaking about identity said, “The false choice about you got to pick one [identity] is truly a false choice."
"People – whether they like to admit it or not – function across the axis of simultaneity, which is that I can simultaneously be a Latino, simultaneously be a Dominican, simultaneously be an immigrant, and simultaneously be someone of African descent. And everybody always wants you to choose one.”
The article, Latino drama: Can’t we all just get along, illustrated this point as it highlighted the misunderstandings created when Latinos place more importance on our differences instead of our commonalities. We can celebrate all cultures individually, yet come together to celebrate us a whole, and in the process create the Latino unity the census numbers say we should be able to achieve.
We questioned if a new political party can create that unity. Concluding that only time will tell. In the meantime we moved on to poke a little fun at those who see those Census numbers as potential profit. Who, in trying to reach our growing numbers with marketing campaigns for products from beer to body soap, failed miserably with ignorance of the Latino culture.
Finally, we aren’t above poking a little fun at ourselves as I, La Anti-Latina, recounted my first attempt at making my first "caldero of arroz con gandules" as part of my mission to reconnect with my inner-Latina.
Spoiler alert: Martita Stewart I’m not!
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