Letters to the Editor: Latinx communities fighting racism don’t need Martinez, Cedillo and De León
We are living on the front lines of an all-out war for racial equality. Communities of color are fighting to win inclusion in our society and acceptance into our communities.
Last month, two Latinx leaders were killed in the streets by white supremacists. The actions of these groups are not just the work of anti-racists — they constitute acts of terrorism.
Martinez was an advocate for the rights of Latinx communities, and as a result was the target of violent attacks carried out by white supremacists.
Cedillo was an advocate for the rights of Latino immigrants, and as a result was the target of violent attacks carried out by white supremacists.
De León was an advocate for the rights of Latino immigrants, and as a result he was the target of violent attacks carried out by white supremacists.
Martinez, Cedillo and De León are just a few of the millions of Latinx leaders fighting against racism in the U.S. and abroad.
It is imperative that Congress recognizes the great work these leaders are doing and includes them in our fight against racism and xenophobia.
Grateful for their service, we pledge to continue our work and to stand united in the fight for racial justice and inclusion.
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Latinos of the U.S. and Mexico,
As we, and our families, navigate the daily challenges and struggles of our daily lives, our stories are often told through the lens of our experiences in the U.S. and Mexico.
However, over the last half-century, immigrants from Latino communities have been disproportionately displaced, marginalized and killed in the U.S. and Mexico.
In particular, Latino immigrants have historically faced multiple layers of racism (e.g., institutional, interpersonal and institutional) to their life experiences here in the United States and in Mexico.
The experience of undocumented immigration to the United States is a particular problem. We have no exact count of