October 7, 2021

Let the People Be Heard: What does being Afro-Latinx mean?

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During Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s take into consideration the complex identities within the Latinx community

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This post was originally published on Defender Network

By Laura Onyeneho

It goes without saying that Blackness and Latinidad aren’t mutually exclusive. The identity of being Black and Hispanic is multifaceted and multidimensional.

If you didn’t notice, this is Hispanic Heritage Month, and as we continue to celebrate Latinx history, their contributions to society, and the culture, we often don’t take into consideration the complex identities within the Latinx community. Why celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month without making these complex identities a topic of discussion? What does being “Hispanic” mean?

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