Cinco de Mayo Celebrates: Mark Sanchez
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, it is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It has been said that “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath.”
Today, there are Mexican descendants that have made impressive imprints in American culture and we are happy to honor their achievements on a day that we are no doubt very proud of, so grab your margaritas and yell out loud “Que Viva Mexico”.
Mark Sanchez is the New York Jets quarterback. He is a third generation and because of this, Sanchez has found himself thrust into the spotlight as a symbol of Mexican-American identity and a role model for children. He has been a target of hate when he wore a custom-made mouthpiece that featured the colors of the Mexican flag in honor of his heritage. It became a prominent issue after his nationally-televised game against Notre Dame. Sanchez, who was born and raised in the U.S., reportedly received letters urging him to go back to Mexico. Sanchez himself stated, “It’s not a Mexican power thing or anything like that. It’s just a little bit of pride in our heritage. Hopefully, it inspires somebody and it’s all for the best.” Surprised by all the attention and shying away from politics, Sanchez stopped wearing the mouthpiece, but began participating in other efforts to benefit the Hispanic community.
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