This week on Being Latino we shared the story of Yvette Marie Torres, a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head after confronting a man shooting his gun into the air. Her courage inspired many.
She wasn’t the only hero featured on Being Latino. We also told the story of Adalberto Aceves and Chicago police officer, Zachary Cuatchon. Two men who chased and caught the driver of a hit-and-run accident that resulted in the tragic death of a 66 year-old man.
Though both stories are tragic, as a community we feel a collective pride in these heroes who individually help to change the world and how Latinos are perceived. As the face of what it means to be Latino changes – whether it be sexual orientation, religion, or the evolution of the language we speak – one constant remains: we are proud of who we are.
But that doesn’t make us different from any other group, even with our proclivity for waving the flag of our country of origin to celebrate our heritage, we don’t flaunt our culture any more than, let’s say, the Irish on St. Patrick’s day.
As another hero stated this week when he opened up and shared his reality as a proud, gay Latino: “Having pride in who you are is not just about you, it is about instilling that sense of self-love in others so that we, as a community, can feel the beauty of self-affirmation and gratitude. Even in the eyes of hate.”
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