The last decade of U.S. history has seen Latinos on a tipping point, where the minority has increasingly become the majority. Somewhere between tragic injustice and political turmoil, we rolled up our collective sleeves and began to scream from the margins. The results birthed a new wave of like-minded individuals emboldened to redefine the American dream, carve new lanes and create a much-needed dialogue on what exactly it means to be Latino in a country that historically hasn’t pledged allegiance to the very fabric that built its nation. Or, just as importantly, what does it mean to be a person of color who gets to create (change) for a living, when the lineage from which we come once had to undergo persecution for, perhaps, exercising speech and art? When there was once a time that being a writer, for example, could get you killed?
In a social climate currently riddled with anti-immigrant, anti-black, and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, it is especially crucial we give voice to the many narratives that makeup the cultural palette that is Latino, which is to say that is intrinsically America. By turning the lens on race, identity and privilege, we hope to give a nuanced experience of the U.S. Latino. People who, through their actions and contributions, add fuel to the fire, turning a deferred dream into something vibrantly tangible. These Latinos, with their deep-seated sense of social responsibility, are constantly being tugged at by cultural memory, driven by the pride running through their veins. In their own words, these are their stories.
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