It’s embarrassing how little I know about Hispanic contributions. You can see below in my own answers to the question I posed earlier this week. (Click for the original post)
I attribute my ignorance to several things.
1) I didn’t have a lot of Hispanic history or Latino literature taught to me in school. Let me correct myself. I don’t remember any!
2) I live in a part of the country where the Hispanic culture and heritage is not prevalent.
3) I get news from sources that inherently can’t cover every story. So what one organization choses to include or not, shapes my understanding of current events.
4) I view the world through a certain lens. My lens has been formed by my upbringing, my heritage, my education, my location, my circumstances, etc. So I filter information through that perspective.
All of these contributing factors often remain unconscious. Unless, I make an effort to find out what viewpoints I am missing, or who’s story I haven’t heard, I will continue to have a narrow and less rich connection with all those with whom I share this planet. And why would I want of that?
So I continue to find as many windows and mirrors as I can. I continue to seek out multiple stories and multiple perspectives. That helps me understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes while deepening my understanding of the world.
Maybe, one day I can also fill in such a list for all the wonderful different human experiences that exist.
Until then, here are my answers and my gaps. Follow the links to learn more about the individuals I named, or wait until next time when I’ll share who they are and what resources you can use with children.
Writer: Julia Alvarez
Picture Book Illustrator: David Díaz
Nobel Prize Winner
Union Leader: Cesar Chavez
Singer/Musician: Jennifer Lopez
United States Surgeon
Artist: Frieda Kahlo
Baseball Player: Roberto Clemente