I just read on the CCM website your open letter from June 3 addressed to the CCM community regarding CCM’s support for the Black community and for all people of color.
The term “people of color” is one with which many of us Hispanics with Caucasian racial roots take issue, for being wrongly included in the much-too-generalized “people of color” racial group.
My 50% Cuban-born late parents, late aunts and uncles, and most cousins have skin pigmentation no different to that of my wife, her family, and many of our Caucasian friends. On my father’s side of the family both grandparents, born in Cuba to Basque and Catalan parents were as white as my mothers’ stock of French and Catalan immigrants to Cuba.
Many of us identify as Hispanics and many as Latinos. That identification has much more to do with cultural factors than with skin color.
If I were a Hispanic with skin color tinged with brown I would wear it with as much pride as I do my Basque-Catalan-French heritage, cultural background and racial characteristics, which for Basques and Catalans and French and many Cubans of my acquaintance consist of many factors other than pigmentation.
CCM and many others of our cultural institutions are trying in good faith to catch up after years of ignorant neglect of underrepresented minorities. For your part in that you have the respect and gratitude of many Hispanics and Latinos of all hues, mine included.
Rafael de Acha