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.