Opinion: Speaking Spanish – or being Latino – does not make you less “American”

“Ignorance about Latinos in this country needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.”

NBC Latino

I am done with the ignorant haters.

Once people start slamming an 11-year-old boy for singing the national anthem at the NBA Finals, the gloves are off.

Ignorance about Latinos in this country needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.

The last 24 hours presented even more examples about how anti-Latino attitudes and racism (yes, racism) continue to perpetuate this country. I could begin my thoughts with the incredibly classless and undignified manner people online treated Sebastien de la Cruz last night before Game 3 of the Finals, but I will leave that one for last, because it was the final blow to a day that saw complete and utter incomprehension of how many in this country misperceive the complexity of what it is to be a U.S. Latino right now.

Not surprisingly, my journey to Really Angry Julito started with, you guessed it, immigration. Yesterday in Washington, D.C…

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