I agree that our country cannot afford to keep this population on the margins. I feel like we know that but the political commitments aren't there to fully and equitably fund public education, to teach bilingual education, and to promote culturally relevant, social justice education to our youth who frankly get beaten down by the system because so much of who they are is so much of what it's not.
Think of it this way: Every 30 seconds, two non-Hispanics reach retirement age and one Latino turns 18. Like the baby boomers before us, the Latino baby boom will affect every aspect of American life over the next 50 years. Do you want to be the one missing out on this opportunity? I think not.
And on top of this, there's denial in large segments of the larger population that either doesn't get it or doesn't want to get it that ours is a very long history of exclusion, discrimination, and neglect, beginning with our lack of representation in the curriculum.
- Cartagena spent whole professional life helping fellow Americans understand Latinos
- Every 30 seconds, two non-Hispanics reach retirement age and one Latino turns 18
- "Latino baby boom" will affect every aspect of American life over the next 50 years
- Cartagena: Businesses can't afford to ignore Hispanics, one-quarter of their market