In case you didn't know, Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing. The month long celebration of Hispanic culture runs until October 15. One of the many topics of discussion you are sure to hear about this month is racism, both towards and within the Latino community. Unfortunately, this is still very much alive, and Latinos everywhere encounter it every day. These Latino social media stars have addressed their backgrounds on their platforms, and many themselves have encountered racism because of how they speak or look. Check out what they've had to say on the subject below.
"Stand your ground. What I mean by that is, nobody can make you feel inferior unless you let them."
2. SunKiss Alba
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The vlogger took to Tumblr to answer a question on racism and said, "The people who were racist towards me and my family were ignorant and I don’t think they knew any better. That’s probably how they were raised so they believe what they believe. I cannot say “white people” are the problem because not all white people think the same and I’ve witnessed this."
3. Massy Arias
In a video on her YouTube channel, the fitness star talks about how adjusting to life in the United States put her in a deep depression. In an interview with Latina magazine, she said, "I remember reading Macbeth in a high school English class. My teacher told me to read it again because he didn't understand anything I said. Then, pretty much every Latino in my class was laughing in my face. It was pretty tough having that sort of treatment from my own people."
4. Iris Beilin
In this emotional vlog, the beauty YouTuber discusses how being teased and rejected for her appearance and speech as a recent immigrant led her to a depression. "I didn't speak English, I had long hair, I looked different, I was black, I spoke Spanish, it was a whole thing that people didn't understand. People couldn't understand me because I was different, I was a weird kid. I thought I was ugly, and those thoughts haunted me through school."
5. Risas Rizos
Rocio runs a YouTube channel focused on natural hair care. In this video, she talks about a campaign she works with called Project Enye, which focuses on the stories of first generation Americans with parents from Spanish-speaking countries. "When I got older, I found it hard to relate to being Latina, but I also found it hard to relate to being American," she said. "I was always taught that my hair was unacceptable, but on my Latina side I never felt like I was Latina enough." She goes on to describe how her Mexican friends would make fun of her for being part Honduran, and her Honduran friends would tease her for being part Mexican.
6. Maya In The Moment
The YouTuber and blogger is fourth generation Mexican-American, and in this video, she addresses how she feels when others criticize her for not speaking Spanish. "They put me in the box where 'she's not a real Latina,' and that hurts me a lot. Other Latinas in my school didn't believe me when I said I was Mexican because my skin is light and I don't speak Spanish."
7. Dulce Candy
In this vlog, the Mexican beauty YouTuber talks about her experience on being bullied on social media for not speaking fluent Spanish during a TV appearance. "The whole time the interview was going, I was thinking about you guys and what you guys were going to think about my Spanish, because my Spanish was broken."
8. Rudy Mancuso
Quick and funny, but powerful.
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