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As per this great story in National Geographic (July,
2018), Latinas and Latinos are definitely shaping our country's future. Link to the actual article to view the gorgeous photos.
My friends, there is nothing to fear about this and much to
celebrate, too. This is a community that prides itself on being
hard-working, family- and community-oriented,
happily bilingual, biliterate,
and bicultural. We also have a long history of intermarrying with people
of diverse cultures, races, and nationalities. We are indeed amorphous:
"Among the major
ethnic or racial identities in the United States—white, black, Asian, Native
American—Latino is the most amorphous. Latino people can be African, Mesoamerican,
Asian, or white."
And we come with perspectives that come from our own literary,
intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual traditions that
are positive for this
nation. Plus, we've been here in the
U.S. and before that on this
continent for so very long that
we are on familiar ground regardless of whether we are immigrant or U.S.-born. That said,
"Every day the rest of the
United States becomes a little more like Wilder [Idaho]."
This column advances this "dramatic reordering of the nation’s demographics" in
As well it should...
How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future
They’re the focus of the immigration debate. But across the nation, Latinos
are rising to power and offering a glimpse of what’s ahead.
BY HÉCTOR TOBAR| July 2018 | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KARLA GACHET AND IVAN KASHINSKY
ISMAEL FERNANDEZ GREW up in Wilder, Idaho, a town of 1,700 souls surrounded by tall hop plants and stubby alfalfa fields.
He lived with his grandparents in a home built on land where his grandfather, a Vietnam War veteran, once picked beets and onions.
When Fernandez was 19, he was elected to the city council. On his first day in office, in 2015, he stepped up to the short dais in Wilder City Hall and sat alongside the four other council members. A local reporter noticed something no one else had: There were five Spanish surnames on the council members’ nameplates. Almazan. Rivera. Godina. Garcia. Fernandez. The story soon went national. For the first time ever in Idaho—a state where non-Hispanic whites make up 82 percent of the population—voters had elected an all-Latino city council.
Wilder is 76% Latino.
The town of 1,700 made headlines for its all-Latino city council in 2015.