Hidden in Plain View

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. I’m not sure how this makes me sound, but I did not know that until just recently. I’ve been involved in debates questioning why do we need a Black History Month, and now I can extend that question to, why do we need a National Hispanic Heritage Month? Highlighting the gifts and talents of all people should be an everyday lesson. But it is through Black History Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month that we pay closer attention to the contributions of those, who at one time or another, have been hidden in plain view.

On October 21 and 22, CNN will air “Latino in America.” A series comparable to the “Black in America” series that aired the previous two summers. This could not be timelier, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor recent nomination and confirmation to the US Supreme Court; it’s time to recognize those we have hidden for far too long.


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