This week millions will flood the national restaurant chain Taco Bell in a Pseudo-celebration of Cinco
de Mayo, while many more will express their bigoted sympathies by wearing grossly large sombreros
with even bigger fake mustaches. America has grown quite comfortable in the obnoxiously racist
celebration of the Latino holiday Cinco de Mayo. Quick history: Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is
a holiday that celebrates the1862 victory of the Mexican army over France. This took place at the
Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The holiday is actually bigger in the United States
than it is in Mexico, where celebrations are minimal for this important date in history. In fact, many
Americans confuse this holiday with Mexico Independence Day which occurs on September 16.
As an African- American, I know firsthand the experiences of having your culture broadcast to the
world and not being respected. I wholeheartedly can empathize the feelings of many Mexican and
Latino people who have to watch the exploitation of their culture. Now, while all don’t do this, I think
it’s important that not only on the 5th of May but every day we learn to appreciate and embrace this
culture. Cinco de Mayo should serve as our reminder that often times in our communities, Latino
people and businesses are often overlooked.
In our town alone, there are several Authentic Mexican restaurants, (Yo! Taco Bell, I’m gon let you
finish but Don Pepe's had the greatest burrito of all time”) We also have Las Delicias, a family
owned, authentic Mexican ice cream shop that is not only "Delicias" but also AWESOME!! Out of the
food sector, we have several independent insurance agents, churches, and shops that have all been
created by Latinos.
Our town is great because of diversity, our town can be phenomenal with more awareness and
support While we should applaud Conway because of diversity, we should push ourselves by
spreading awareness and supporting our local minority run businesses. These are a few things you
can do to increase our support for our Latino brothers and sisters. but there’s certainly more how
about, invite them to your worship service, ask them to share their personal stories, or even taking
the time just to make a new friend So get out there, learn more about the culture...whether that be
through worship or simply having a conversation.
In the words of the great Wakandian king T’Challa (Marvel's Black Panther) ”In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if
we were one single tribe.” In order for our community, state, and nation to be the best it can be, it is
wise that we work together and embrace our differences.