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Breaking down stereotypes

This article examines why stereotypes can be so wrong and so damaging. 

http://zinnedproject.org/2012/05/rethinking-cinco-de-mayo/

“Students found that the typical large, overstuffed, high-calorie burrito, including the breakfast burrito, is a U.S. creation and the smaller meat and vegetable burritos are popular in northern Mexico.”

“…Mexico has a tremendous diversity of languages, dialects, culture, and politics, as well as rural and urban differences. She also pointed out that Mexican American culture has the same complexities.”

“ ‘I don’t know how to do the Mexican hat dance. No one in my family does the Mexican hat dance.'”

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¡Feliz cinco de mayo!

A few fun facts from your friendly, neighborhood maestra!

Cinco de mayo is NOT Mexican Independence day! It commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which the small Mexican army in Puebla defeated the well-armed French army on their march towards the capitol. 

Cinco de mayo is not an official Mexican holiday. This holiday is almost exclusively celebrated in the Puebla region, and it not widely recognized by the rest of the country. 

Cinco de mayo literally translates to “Fifth of May,” the day on which it is celebrated ;) In Spanish, months are not capitalized.

This holiday is a celebration of Mexican pride. Mexicans in Puebla and Mexican-Americans in the United States celebrate this day by showcasing Mexican heritage through traditional music, dances, clothing and food. 

Don’t just use this day as an excuse to eat some Taco Bell and wear a sombrero! Honor Mexican pride this day by finding  or making authentic Mexican food, talking with a Hispanic person about their culture, or maybe even taking a salsa dancing lesson!

¡Felices fiestas!

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