Ricardo Santos has met lots of people all through his life and in his meals enterprise, reinforcing his perception that everybody is related.
“We’re all stunning,” Santos mentioned. “We’re human beings.”
When Santos, initially from Mexico, moved from New York Metropolis to Pennsylvania 10 years in the past, he discovered a a lot completely different surroundings.
“I’m from New York Metropolis. What do you be taught there? Cultures,” Santos mentioned. “Once I bought right here, it was completely different.”
Santos mentioned he was warned to not come to Pennsylvania due to claims it was harmful for Mexicans, however that didn’t cease him.
“I wish to be there,” Santos mentioned. “I discovered a lot stunning folks that I stayed right here. I like this surroundings.”
Whereas Santos was in Pennsylvania and his household was again in New York, he mentioned the individuals right here turned his household.
One in every of his targets in beginning an genuine Mexican meals enterprise, particularly on a meals truck that he can journey with, is to introduce his tradition to others.
“I am going locations the place they don’t know Mexican meals,” Santos mentioned. “All they know is Taco Bell. I wish to go the place they don’t know who we’re.”
Santos mentioned he has had arguments with some individuals, like a pizza store proprietor competing for enterprise, however he tries to maintain an open thoughts and rejoice others’ success.
“I don’t must have any unhealthy emotions since you’re profitable,” Santos mentioned. “They don’t know I sleep on the meals truck or see the place I got here from. What do I must have? Simply my coronary heart clear and my mind prepared to attain my targets. All we have now to do is get alongside.”
Whereas he has met individuals regionally from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and different international locations, Santos mentioned he makes an effort to get to know everybody he encounters.
“Why don’t we simply break the obstacles, the ignorance?” Santos mentioned. “I do it daily after I’m on the counter.”
Santos shows the Mexican flag and American flag at his enterprise to signify his background, however occasions like Hispanic Heritage Month, which is well known within the U.S. from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, aren’t one thing he acknowledges.
“It’s only a image of a day when any individual got here to beat the Americas,” Santos mentioned. “We’re the identical. Celebrating me is dividing you. That’s what I don’t wish to do.”
Santos mentioned in the long run, everybody has the identical blood regardless of their variations.
“I solely have one concern, and that’s the massive man upstairs,” Santos mentioned. “Down right here, we’re all the identical. What makes you completely different is ideologies, the way in which you suppose.”