The Pew Hispanic Center wants to continue the conversation by hearing from individuals. The center invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views. Each day for the next two weeks, the Pew Hispanic Center will publish commentaries on their website. They also invite you to join the discussion and share your thoughts, views and personal stories about your identity on their Pew Hispanic Center Facebook page.
Note from Fuerte Men Publisher Sidney Alvarez:
I just wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts briefly on this topic. I would identify myself as a human being first, then American second. “Hispanic” or “Latino” I would use as part of my description to offer people insight into my personal heritage, but neither label really defines me because I don’t want to be defined. I’m not simple enough to be defined. I don’t think any person can be limited to such simplicity. We can offer generalizations, but not single words. I think the important thing here is that we have the power to identify ourselves and not let others do the defining.