The Spanish word "odio" is such a loaded and powerful word it gives me the chills, I would rue the day anyone ever used that word against me. Its English translation however, "hate," is used frivolously and rolls of the tongue.
The word hate barely has meaning in the United States and examples of hate have gone unnoticed, as many Hispanic's don't even realize they are being discriminated against in media, and political language. According to recent poll race relations is the sixth most important issue in Colorado.
I am an optimistic person with a practical view, I don't want to see hate. However, when we recognize these hateful messages we can squelch them out of existence by celebrating our diverse communities, our cultures, and our patriotism.
One of the most recent campaigns plotted to make Hispanics feel undeserving of American pride is the "Birther" Campaign.
In a recent article a six year old boy highlighted his 10 reasons not to vote for Obama.
This is the latest since Colorado's Representative Coffman's (R- Colorado) memorable comments at a fundraiser
"I don't know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don't know that," Coffman said. "But I do know this, that in his heart, he's not an American. He's just not an American."
The conspiracy message seeded in "odio" hate, to surmise, it is this: If you don't look a certain way than you are not from here, and you don't belong here. gsdf
This is underscored by the alleged civil rights violations of Arizona Sheriff Arapaio, and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's "show me your papers" law.
This is an example of a key message that is consistently used, and they are telling us we don't belong here and we don't have the right to be patriotic, exercise our vote, and celebrate our culture. Ignoring is not the answer, identifying these messages will give us the fervor and resolve to be energized patriots, educated voters, and celebrate our culture with thunderous pride.
Hispanics proudly represent different accents, every hair, eye color and skin color possible. It doesn't matter what we sound like, what we look like and where we live, we are American's in our hearts. We carry our patriotism in our hearts with Latin passion, and no one can take that away.
Take your Latin passion to the polls, the only way to fight this hate is to give deserving leaders our support. Together we can change the conversation but that cannot happen until we go to the table.
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