The author of this piece asked us to publish this anonymously. Though they are a U.S. citizen by birth, they have several family members in their country of family origin (in Latin America) who fear for retaliation from the government for speaking out about the issues they’ve been witness to.
I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, which is home to a diverse group of Latin Americans. We joke that Miami is the capital of Latin America. As you explore the city, Spanish is spoken throughout. Spanish was my first language and I am fluent in the unofficial main language of Miami, which is Spanglish (a mix of English and Spanish slang). Being a Hispanic in the United States has opened my eyes to things that some Americans may not notice.
When tragedy strikes Latin American countries, U.S. Hispanics are still impacted from afar. Countries that ourselves and our parents had to leave behind still hold our cultures and, in many cases, our family and friends. We are very much connected...
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