Proud to be American? You could say that! These stars reveal what’s great about this country and how they celebrate both cultures.
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This actress and activist is proud of her Latin roots, but admits to feeling “very American.” She told the Guardian, “I felt very American. I still do. I went to 35 bar mitzvahs before I went to a single quinceañera. I could talk all day about my culture and what it means to me.”
The Barack Obama supporter credits the President to fighting for the American Dream, something she holds dear. ““Ever since I was a little kid, my parents made sure I knew I could do anything if I worked hard…this is how I try to live my life day to day and this is what I see in everything President Obama does. Whether he’s fighting for affordable healthcare and access to education, or supporting small businesses in the hispanic community, over the last three years he’s worked to reform our immigration system, to give everyone a fair shot at the American Dream,” she says.
The actress, known for playing Selena Gomez’s mom on Wizards of Waverly Place, loved playing a character that represented both cultures on screen. “one of the few times where especially the American Latina is represented as me on TV and that she’s part of an American family. She’s part of a Mexican heritage, but she’s an American person foremost and her husband is an American man,” she said. “I loved being an American Latina mom, a very well rounded character, even for a sitcom that deals with magic and special effects.”
Voto Latino co-founder and actress Rosario Dawson is known for encouraging people to vote, and notes how much pride and hope she has for the country. “If we start working together, this country is going to be in really great shap,” she told the Huffington Post. “Getting engaged as a voter really makes you powerful.”
The CNN journalist told us about her understanding of race and it’s effect on the U.S. culture. Proud to be both Latin and American, Soledad responded, ““I’d really love to get to the point where we have made progress in America and we don’t see color,” and it’s always somebody White, because Blacks and Latinos don’t think of seeing color as a bad thing. Seeing color, seeing ethnicity is not a bad thing. Appreciating it is a wonderful thing, so progress is not in not seeing color; I think that would be negative progress.”