Armando A. Cervantes-Bastidas is the Editor of Tracy, California’s “Cambalache” Newspaper
For a long time we have asked for amnesty legislation without any positive results. If the same demands continue without a conclusive cultural and educational base, the effort will be useless. What we should highlight—with firmness—are the successful achievements our culture has contributed to this nation, which start even before this nation’s roots. We should show the Caucasians that we are good students and we don’t just complain or publicly protest.
When numbers are considered we are pivotal: Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan were elected by us (Hispanics), and they have stated that without our vote, House Representatives and Senators would not have been anointed; without our support, some would not have been Governors, or some holy person would not be elected—these are but a few examples. Hispanics in America are fed this gossip every day.
These statements are like the cheap politician’s pandering, but many times their jargon arrives from the inspiration Latin-American’s civil law institution’s representatives in the country. Such words are like caramel candy that satisfies a sweet tooth or water that satisfies thirst —or something like “pills to excite the morale,” as a former Peruvian presenter might say.
Americans are tired of this. “We are fed-up of hearing the same thing and no Novel Price investigation quality,” shared Frank A. Brand, uncomfortable and upset — a white skin from head to toe, one with Irish, Scottish and English erythrocytes running in his veins.
It’s like being kicked in the abdomen after having enjoyed a fine dinner past midnight, or squirming from pain following a nice swim at open sea after eating a nice “Tamal” at the beach.
There are no missing reasons. Many studies show that our “little” legs are weak when education is in question. Often we believe that our kids are the greatest student-marvels in elementary school or middle schools: generally, considering some luck, their grades are Bs at most. And don’t even think about blaming their teachers! Or the school system!
Let’s not talk about universities, where many Hispanic students opt for comfortable careers as they don’t want to be overworked, or burn the candle at both ends, while Asians or Caucasions—who we criticize and sometimes we even make fun of— beat us at the scientific profession paths. But, of course, as parents we are just listening to that radio jock with a bird name, watching soap operas from dawn to dusk, and we are often attached to reading horoscopes, soccer games and chatting about trucks and rims. If these actions continue we will never have time to improve our merits. Naturally there are exceptions.
The Hispanic population’s growth is not based on immigration, but—surprise!—on its birthrate. This mentality of reproduction is propagated in underdeveloped nations where appropriate politics do not exist. This lifestyle is carried on to any location Hispanics go.
In the final analysis what does being a majority amongst minorities mean?
We should reflect.
In 2010, the so-called U.S. Latino population reached 50,500,000, which translates to 16 percent of the total 308,700,000.
The Census data demonstrate forcefully that between 2000 and 2010, the Hispanic population grew 43 percent, which at the same period grew 27,300,000. Before, we were in eight or nine States, now we are located across the North American terrain, which triggers a natural fear among the Caucasians as well as African-Americans.
The last census indicates that for 11 years, the Caucasian community has grown 2,200,000 (+1 percent), reaching 196,800,000, they are now representing 64 percent, five percentage points less when compared to 2009.
Data demonstrates that Caucasian children are decreasing. That’s how things among future generations, minorities will become greater. For example, today, 61 of children in the State of Nevada are from minorities, while adults from 41 percent. Statisticians believe that in border-States with Mexico, such as Texas, Hispanics will surpass non-Hispanics in the upcoming decade.
It’s possible that this Nation’s ethnic evolution is the most significant on planet earth. However, even though Hispanics’ demographic weight and voting power is greater, the U.S. Congress moves forward without immigration reform favoring them.
Worst yet is the amount of lobbying institutions dedicated to politics, protecting Hispanics before evident outrages; as foreigners, they continue to proclaim quantities and not qualities.
That is why the tactics and strategic attempts proposed in hopes of reaching a legal reform — needed for 20 million undocumented people— throughout the years are not working. Collaboratively, we must insist on demonstrative figures and numbers, instead of qualities, abilities, professional and contributions. That is the core of the matter. Hispanics are already the top minority with 51 million. Will it only be that? Let’s add quality!