It’s important for us as people to know our history — both the good and the bad. Remember that quote that says if you don’t know your history, you’re doomed to repeat it? It’s true. Time seems to erase some atrocities that happen again and again throughout history, and each time it’s treated by everyone as a new occurrence. It’s time to show that crimes against Latinxs have been happening for what seems like forever in the United States. It’s not something that has cropped up in recent times — these hate crimes have been going on forever.
It’s important to share this information and call out where it stems from so we can be informed, continue to dismantle, resist the whole system, and continue to create change. Knowledge is power, and it’s time to learn as much as we can to change it all for the better.
Here are several instances in which Latinxs were treated horrendously throughout U.S. history.