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Can We Take a Break from Hating on People for their Political Values?

New York, NY/USA. January 19, 2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is seen leaving the Women's Unity Rally in New York, NY.

Thank God the holiday season is over! We have the joy of spending time with our family and friends, but the stress of it gets to us. Our loved ones mean well when they inevitably ask us our political affiliations or what we think about current events. It gets super messy quickly when family members bait us into a political debate. Obviously, having an informed opinion is a must, but I’m not running for president in 2020, so don’t get so heated at me! 

Your political affiliation is your business. Millennials want to rep what we believe in without feeling like someone is trying to change us or tie us down in a binary party system. The Latinx community is not a monolith, and neither are our political values. I have friends who are Republicans but aim to see Trump impeached. I also have family members who are Democrats that wish Trump wasn’t elected but think impeachment will only make cross-political relations worse.  

The neat little binary party system is losing many Latinxs by forcing us to align with candidates out of party obligation and not policy. I believe in democracy and the values of being a US Citizen. In 2020, I wish for us to speak and fight for one another honestly. Brutal assumptions will not help us improve our communities and the greater American life.

Lo Boutillette

With deep ties to music and the arts, Lo is constantly inspired by her Latin Americana roots and the spontaneity of New York City. When she isn’t planning and perfecting her productions you’ll find her tending to her rose garden with her dog Bella.

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