Why Latinos Are Leaning Into the #BlackLivesMatter Conversation

An Afro-Latina mother's experience with #TuLuchaEsMiLucha

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The world is engaging in conversations about race, adversity and the glare of contrasting experiences. Kacy Burdette

While attending Miami University in Ohio, I had an unexpected epiphany: I learned I was Black while reading Latina magazine. One month, I was particularly excited to see Zoe Saldana on the cover—a fellow Dominican! The following month, the reader comment on the cover was: “Finally, a Black Latina on the cover!” There it was, in black and white, like a mirror held to my face. Zoe had a skin tone similar to mine; ­her hair would curl and straighten like mine. I was like her, and she was like me. If she was a Black Latina, then I was a Black Latina.

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Yadira Santana-Dowling is a brand specialist and associate director of strategy at Republica Havas.