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Cinco De Mayo: La Verdad

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Serge Melki

por Bill Chandler, Director Ejecutivo de MIRA

Mayo 6, 2012

Es increíble la desinformación y la ignorancia que abunda sobre los latinos. Un ejemplo triste, pero bueno es el de la percepción de que el Cinco de Mayo es el "Día de la Independencia de México." No es. Día de la Independencia de México es septiembre 16, 1810. Mientras que el Cinco de Mayo es a veces promueve como tales, principalmente para vender cerveza y tequila en los Estados Unidos, esa fecha había consecuencias de gran alcance no sólo para México, sino también para la U.S..

 

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over invading French forces at Puebla, México, nearly 150 years ago.  That now-celebrated battle of May 5, 1862, didn’t directly involve the United States, which at the time was engaged in its own civil war.  Mexico, suffering war and turmoil fighting off the re-establishment of slavery of its indigenous and African peoples emancipated in 1828, incurred tremendous debt to Europe.

 

France decided to take over the country: some 4,000 Mexican soldiers, mainly indigenous Mexicans and Afro-Mexicanos, defeated a mighty French force twice its size near Puebla. The battle didn’t end the European invasion, but Mexico’s will to fight and win was no less significant.

 

The French troops weren’t sent solely to take over Mexico, they had three purposes: to re-conquer Mexico for the European powers, help the Confederacy win the war against the U.S. and establish a vast slaveocracy from Central America to Washington, D.C. In fighting the French, Mexico helped change the course of events for the U.S.

 

Mayo 5, 1862, has significance for Mexicans, but also for African Americans in the United States who were ultimately emancipated partly because of France’s inability to help the Confederacy in it’s rebellion against the United States.  This is one of the many examples of where the struggle of Latinos and African Americans intersect in the Americas.

 

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