Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Opinión: ¡Basta ya! Enough with the ignorance about U.S. Latinos

Host Pitbull at the 2013
American Music Awards.
(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

I am done. 
Done with the engrained perception that U.S. Latinos are not “American enough,” that we are these foreign beings who all speak with accents, dance until 5 am, are loud, rambunctious and sexualized. For the record, it is safe to say that I don’t fit any of the previous stereotypes, although when I speak Spanish, my Puerto Rican accent is front and center.
This week this whole “Latinos aren’t Americans” theme happened yet again when Pitbull (of all people) [shown above, at right] was slammed by the Twitter Ignoranti for being some “Mexican” host of the American Music Awards. 

Read the rest of this opinion piece by Julio Ricardo Varela of NBC Latino and Latino Rebels regarding the ignorance expressed in the internet regarding U.S. Latinos, especially in the wake of Pitbull hosting the 2013 American Music Awards (and the reactions after Marc Anthony sang "God Bless America" at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and eleven year old mariachi singer Sebastien de la Cruz sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 3 of the NBA Finals) by clicking here.

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