Gender & Identity, Life

#Mirame is a false step to Latinx empowerment

Giving the Latinx people recognition is always important to me. But not at the expense of cheaply imitating the black community.

As a young Mexican woman, giving the Latinx people recognition is always important to me. But not at the expense of cheaply imitating the black community while ignoring most of the Latinx community in the process.

#Mirame was a seriously flawed social media movement that lacked respect and solidarity for the black community by tastelessly copying their #BlackOut movement.

#BlackOut shows appreciation for the black community by having black people share their photos and stories on social media sites such as Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter. #Mirame aimed to create the same atmosphere for Latinxs online. Although I firmly believe each minority should get visibility, #Mirame’s imitation undeservedly pushes the black community away from a movement they began for their own empowerment.

#Mirame grossly pits the black and Latinx community against each other with a copied movement. It’s completely unnecessary, since each minority deserves their own space for their own empowerment. Why couldn’t we have instead used Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity for recognition of the Latinx community? Solidarity between minorities is vital, and lessening the empowerment of one minority tears unanimity between different people of color.

Initially #Mirame was set to be celebrated on Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated solely by Mexico. Choosing to celebrate such a movement on a day that is dedicated to only one Latinx community takes away visibility of other Latinx communities who have nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo. #Mirame had aimed to show visibility for all people who are Latinx – yet choosing a date that lands on a Mexican holiday reinforces the ignorant generalization that all Latinx people are Mexican.

I am completely supportive of each minority having a movement for recognition and empowerment, but not at the expense of lessening and competing against another community’s movement. We don’t need to compete. We need solidarity.