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October 02, 2018

What Hispanic Heritage Means to Me

What makes our country unique is that our shared identity isn’t based on ethnicity or a common genealogy. It’s not based on thousands of years of collective history or even on our geography. It’s based on a set of principles— ideas that Americans share which shape our focus as a people. One of those is the idea that this is a country where anybody can be anything. A country where families can find safety from persecution and a clear path to success. A country where we are not divided by our race but instead see our diversity as a strength.

That’s what Hispanic Heritage Month is all about.

This month, from September 15th until October 15th, is about recognizing one aspect of our identity as a nation. It’s about recognizing a group of Americans who have contributed in countless ways to our shared culture and identity. The Latino community is a unique portion of our population but has led on so many important issues.