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Latinx Stars Pen Moving Letter to Community

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Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

This wisdom was at the heart of the #QueridaFamilia letter penned by community leaders, artists, and activists published today by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and in Spanish for La Opinion.

Two hundred influential Latinxs, led by actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria, dedicated a “letter of love” to the Latinx community as Trump’s rhetoric is translated into policy and manifested into hate crimes. The formidable group including Diego Luna, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Cisneros, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, wants Latinx people to know they’re not alone and that the fear and sadness they’re experiencing is justified.

“Once we started talking to other people, we found out others were feeling the same way,” Longoria told Vanity Fair. “Instead of us all suffering alone we wanted to unite and tell our community that is going through all of this … we are with you and we will fight for you.”

The document calls for courage and unity not only among Latinxs but also among allies. Mónica Ramírez, a civil rights lawyer and activist noted that while the Latinx community is heavily under fire, all marginalized groups are included in the manifesto. “We don’t want other groups to be targeted,” she told The New York Times.

In these turbulent times, reading a letter of encouragement is a huge uplift for a community that has long been forced to exist on the margins of society. This movement is not an effort to propagate the struggle but to embolden the fight. Fuerza, mi familia.

Querida Familia Letter via Vanity Fair
Querida Familia Letter via Vanity Fair
Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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