What do Latinos look like?
Well, what does a fruit look like. Or what does a car look like? Or what does a house look like?
There are many types of delicious fruits, or cars, or houses, each with its own distinctive features.
It’s not until we dig deeper into those features that we realize what kind of fruit we are eating, what car we are driving, or what house we will live in.
A HuffPost Latino Voices article titled “These Images Show #WhatLatinosLookLike” sought to take images of Latinos and show the world that Latinos are not just the brown-eyed, black-haired individuals many people are accustomed to seeing in mainstream media.
Since the HuffPost article was published, the hashtag has taken off and found renewed vigor at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists annual convention, which took place in Aug. 6-10.
“People look at us and automatically assume they know what we are,” says Victoria Arzu alongside her sister Sophia Arzu in a youtube video that calls on Latin American media to include more Afro-Latinos and other minorities in its programming. The two started a petition called “Proyecto Más Color” on change.org and it has already surpassed its original goal of 100 signatures and now seeks to get 1,000.
According to the petition:
This is important because there has been a lack of representation of the diversity of the Latino culture, especially regarding the representation of Afro-Latinos. The only explanation for this disparity is discrimination. The younger generation of Afro-Latinos needs role models to look up to. Afro-Latinos have been oppressed for too long. We have the right to be represented in Latino media.