This week on Being Latino on Facebook we revelled in the freedom from body consciousness that being naked among the naked can provide as opposed to female sports where the players are still seen as weaker athletes and looks reign supreme.
We discussed the role that our names and our heritage have in defining our identity. The effects often come down to choice. A man named Pedro, names his son Peter. A young man of both Salvadorian and Mexican heritage must choose which fútbol team to root for.
More often, though, the choices are more difficult to make than a name or a sports team, and the consequences of the choice are infinitely more important. In the case of baseball player, Carlos Beltran’s choice not to protest the 2011 All-Star games in Arizona, there were consequences: Anger and bitter disappointment from those fighting against Arizona’s immigration policies. He failed to make the connection between his Latino name and the laws that discriminates against it. Perhaps he doesn’t understand the role that his heritage has had in defining his identity.
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