Among those of us who celebrate Cinco de Mayo, few know the reason why. We can add that to our bulging file of things people think they know but don’t.
Here’s some fun FACTS:
- Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, the date on which they declared independence from Spain in 1810.
- It IS the date of an obscure battle between the Mexican Army and French invaders in an even more obscure town called Puebla. There were two battles there actually; the Mexicans won the first in 1862, then lost the second a year later.
- Mexico doesn’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo the way we do here in the Home of the Brave and they don’t celebrate Quatro de Julio, either.
- Like Hallmark made Mothers Day a big deal, Corona (the beer, not the virus) made Cinco de Mayo a beer fest.
- Americans consume some 70 million pounds of avocado every year on May 5.
- Texas LOST The Battle of the Alamo (March, 1836). Let’s give it back to Mexico.
There are those who cheer when they hear someone say that Mexicans are murderers and rapists, but have no problem dipping their chips in guac and washing them down with Mexican beer and Tequila.
May 5 is a date of significance for another group on the fringes of America, a group that has the only legitimate claim to the title of Real Americans.
Today culminates a week dedicated to bringing awareness to the plight of Indigenous (women and girls) who disappear at a rate ten times higher than any other ethnic group.
Whether you call them Indians or Native Americans or the currently accepted Indigenous People, they are Americans and they need to be seen.
They are somebody’s mother, somebody’s sister, aunt, cousin, wife, daughter and granddaughter.
In today’s wokeful culture, we sometimes focus more on nomenclature than we do on reality and the reality is that these women and girls are vulnerable and they are at risk.
Like women and girls smuggled across our southern border by ruthless and unscrupulous coyotes, the women and girls who descended from the first inhabitants of North America share the socio-economic challenges of the less fortunate among us.
If you live in Texas, where they rewrite history at will, you may not be aware of the plight of those from whom we “bought” Manhattan – and then took the rest of the country. You can read a timeline of Native American history HERE.
As you head out to the bars tonight, kemo sabe, remember that cowboys and Indians wasn’t just a game for everyone.
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