Several weeks ago, I mentioned that I had joined the board of the Latino Donor Collaborative – an organization started by Sol Trujillo that is focused on improving the narrative about Latinos in America. The board of the LDC looks like a “who’s who” of Latino executives and entrepreneurs including Linda Alvarado, the co-owner of the Colorado Rockies, and Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines. It is inspiring to be in a room with many of them. This month, the LDC launched a campaign in The Wall Street Journal where they purchased four full-page advertisements touting data about the impact of Latinos in the US economy. One of the ads was titled “Guess who’s going to be funding your social security checks.” The global marketing firm Y&R prepared the ads, and the data came from the federal government and think tanks. To date, the LDC has spent most of its time educating media executives about the Hispanic market, but is beginning to expand its efforts to the general market. The WSJ ads can be seen here.
We hear frequently how Latinos are not a monolithic community. In other words, we are not all the same. We come from different countries, have a variety of political views, and even eat different foods. I get all of that, but I also think focusing constantly on our differences versus our similarities undermines our political and economic power as a community...
This might be my most provocative blog in a while. Let me first state that I am happily married to a beautiful gringa. My kids are half- White and some of my best friends throughout my life have been White, so don’t let the title of this blog throw you.
A few weeks ago, Twitter was blowing up when John Leguizamo spoke out against the recent casting of James Franco as Fidel Castro in the independent film ‘Alina of Cuba’. Leguizamo took plenty of heat for his stance and was ridiculed by some including Bill Maher.