Like many of us, John Leguizamo wasn't exposed to Latinx history in high school or college. Now, he's doing something to educate himself, his son, and all of us about the Latinx heroes we didn't learn about in school. 

The Colombian native created his one-man show, "Latin History for Morons," after his teenage son was bullied at school for being Latino. Leguizamo had also experienced bullying as a child and couldn't believe that kind of discrimination still happened. 

"When my son got bullied, I couldn’t believe it was still going on, even for my kids, he told Vogue. "It was shocking to me."

In 2014, Leguizamo discovered that students were calling his son "beaner."

"We were in a private school. It's a very expensive New York City private school in 2014, I think it was," he told NPR. "And they're calling him a beaner, which is a slur to Mexicans. And you know, my son was very offended by it, and it triggered in him a lot of resentment. And then it became sort of cyber-bullying. Then it became violent, and then it became exclusionary. So he was excluded from parties, from events. People wouldn't talk to him."

The actor decided to study American Latin history to empower himself against anyone that tried to put him or his son down.

"Latin History for Morons" is a 95-minute long show that guides the audience through untaught history, including the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas.

He dresses as a professor in a tweed jacket and glasses to break away from the negative Latinx stereotypes that are often on-screen. 

"I was growing up and maturing at a time where we were invisible, man. We were nowhere except negative," he told NPR. "Any time you saw a Latin person in Hollywood or on TV, they were some sort of negative character."

Now, he aims to use the one-man show to empower his son and the overall Latinx community.

The dominant narrative is that we have just 'illegally' crossed the border or are 'fresh off the boat,'" he wrote in The New York Times. "In fact the Spanish are evidence of America's first original sin: We were mistreating indigenous people here long before the British brought slaves to the colonies. People forget that Latinos founded some of America’s first cities. Latinos have been dying for America since before we were a nation."

It took four years for the accomplished actor to create the show. He believes theatre is the best way to inform people about the rich history of Latinxs.

"I love the power of theater," he told Vogue. "I think it's an experience you never forget. It's more powerful than film or television. I know the plays I saw with Al Pacino, "American Buffalo," and "True West" with John Malkovich, I feel like I lived those moments."

Leguizamo believes that learning this history sooner would've had a big impact on his life.

 Leguizamo moved to New York at the age of 4. Although he grew up in Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the US, Latinx history was "nonexistent" in school. 

"There was a little bit of improvement in my son's education, but Latin and black contributions—and I don't mean to lump us together—were nonexistent in my public school," he told Vogue. "Even when I went to college, there was nothing. When I was studying the Civil War, there was nothing about everything we did, not one mention of any participation or contribution, ever. And it would've changed my life."

Although he wasn't educated about Latinx history, the 52-year-old isn't afraid to speak out against anti-immigrant rhetoric.

He has publicly agreed with former Mexican president Vicente Fox, which led to Twitter backlash. He told NPR that if all Americans were educated on Latinx history, they'd be less likely to attack him.

"Even right now when I tweet something political, you get these people attacking you. But I'm an American citizen; what are you talking about, you know?" he said. "I don't feel like they would attack me as much if in a textbook when they were growing up they read that 10,000 Latin people fought in the American Revolution and 20,000 fought in the Civil War and we had officers and awarded people in each one of those wars."

Just as Leguizamo proudly declares himself an American, "Latin History for Morons" lets the haters know Latin history is American history.