Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates our Hispanic heritage and contributions to the culture and society of the United States.
The celebration is from September 15 to October 15 every year. The odd date for a monthly celebration brackets the independence days and national celebrations of the Central American nations, Chile and Spain.
Two thirds of what is now the United States was Latin (Spanish and French), so many things we consider “American” are rooted in the Latin world. Take cowboys for example. Spanish introduced cattle to the Americas. Mexican herding traditions became American herding traditions. Most “cowboys” were Black and Indigenous.
Reclaiming Hispanic Heritage
This is the first Hispanic Heritage Month since Black Lives Matter began changing the way people think, so celebrating Hispanic heritage is complicated. So many things we were raised to believe in turn out to be colonial nonsense.
Love for Hispanic culture, language and often faith are complicated by the colonial legacy.
Colonization is brutal and we are still suffering its effects. Colonial social-political-economic systems are designed for a small group of people to steal everything. That pretty much describes politics in the Americas today.
Furthermore, the colonial legacy is one of human enslavement. On the one hand, the culture is loved, while on the other hand, people remember what was done. Colonial violence, thievery, and the relentless assault on one’s sense of self are not easily forgotten.
In Latin America the colonial legacy of white supremacy continues to play out in a struggle between governing urban White elites and rural Indigenous, Black and Mixed peoples. Governing elites often trace their privilege back to the Colonial Era. A similar struggle also plays out in the asymmetric relationship between the United States and the rest of the Americas.
So it’s complicated and will take time to settle out because everything has to be reexamined.
Monday, October 12, 2020 THE AMERICAS
Monday, October 12, 2020 MIDTOWN, NYC 🇮🇹 🇺🇸
Monday, October 12, 2020 🇪🇸 BAHAMAS ~ October 12, 1492
BICENTENNIAL Wednesday, September 15, 2021 SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – GUATEMALA CITY September 15, 1821
BICENTENNIAL Wednesday, September 15, 2021 MANAGUA, Nicaragua – GUATEMALA CITY September 15, 1821
BICENTENNIAL Wednesday, September 15, 2021 GUATEMALA CITY September 15, 1821
BICENTENNIAL Tuesday, September 15, 2020 GUATEMALA CITY September 15, 1821
BICENTENNIAL Wednesday, September 15, 2021 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – GUATEMALA CITY September 15, 1821
Thursday, September 16, 2021 MEXICO CITY, Mexico 🇲🇽 DOLORES HIDALGO, Mexico September 16, 1810 ¡Viva México!
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 6pm CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn 🇵🇦
Fri-Mon, October 9-12, 2020 NEW YORK CITY 🇺🇸
Monday, October 12, 2020 Fifth Avenue MIDTOWN, NYC The world’s biggest Italian-American celebration
Monday, October 14, 2019 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Grand Marshal Massimo Ferragamo leads over 100 marching groups, 24 parade floats, 35 vehicles and over 20 marching bands in this celebration of Italian-American heritage, culture and achievements
Sunday, October 13, 2019 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ Twenty-one countries from around the world celebrate our Hispanic Heritage on Fifth Avenue
Mon-Sun, October 7-13, 2019 NEW YORK CITY ~ A festival of contemporary Mexican art, dance, film, literature, music and food curated by New York City’s leading producer of world-class Mexican culture
Columbus was Evil, but Columbus Day was Started to Stop Violence Against Italian-Americans
Columbus Day is part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Columbus was an evil man. Even the Spanish government jailed and prosecuted him for how badly he treated Indigenous Americans.
The Columbus Day commemoration in the United States was begun to stop violence against Italian-Americans. That is why Italian-Americans treasure the day.
Our African communities are involved too. Most Italian immigrants of the past came from Southern Italy. Sicily is less than 100 miles from Africa. Southern Italians share a North African heritage and were comfortable with it.
The big wave of Southern Italian immigration came after the U.S. Civil War when human enslavement was illegal. Being comfortable with Africans, Italian immigrants moved into African-American communities, did work that was previously done by enslaved humans, and intermarried.
Confederate White supremacists abused African-Americans terribly, even after the war and began to do the same to Italian-Americans.
There is no point celebrating evil. Perhaps we can celebrate a more honorable Italian or Italian-American on this day. There are many. A great first step would be for our communities to commemorate the day together. We invite leaders of New York City and our Italian, Indigenous, Hispanic and African communities to come together around this. We are All In NYC.