As my blog entry was largely in response to a Huffington Post online table discussion, I sent the link to one of the participants via facebook. Little did I know that she works for a media company called VOXXI, what appears to be a news aggregator for Latino people, culture, and ideas - like a Hispanic Huffington Post. She read the blog post and asked whether I would like to license it out for their publication. It was live on their website in the afternoon, still several hours before the show returned to MTV's airwaves.
I wrote to a Hispanic friend of mine, "Apparently I'm now a voice in the Latino conversation, lol. ¿Que te parece?"
In reality, though, I still feel very disconnected from my Latino heritage. I don't speak Spanish very well and I still can't tell the difference between salsa and merengue music (this is a big deal for me, a music major!). Most Hispanic people in the heights assume, just from looking at me that I'm White or at least not Hispanic like them.
I expect that it will be much longer before I feel comfortable in my own Cuban-American and quite fair skin (I posted more thoughts earlier this week on ethnic identity and white privilege). But given the demographic makeup of the Heights (70% Hispanic) this is certainly a great neighborhood to break it in!