If you follow the news at all, you know that Hispanics are dealing with discrimination and other problems to a greater degree than in previous years. Yet despite the heartbreaking stories about families being separated, and the idiots who denigrate our contributions to the American condition (which all will pass someday soon), there has never been a better time to be Hispanic in this country. I truly feel that way. With our population growth, youth, workforce participation, positive nature and experience in overcoming challenges, Hispanics in this nation are poised to drive business, politics and entertainment for decades. Our music is dominating the charts, our food can be found in every city in America and our culture is inspiring the next evolution of American culture. Because of this, I am considering writing a book or a long blog entitled “The Hispanic Advantage” where I will extrapolate on how the advantages of being Hispanic — especially to our younger generation, far outweigh the challenges. I will be writing more about this in future blogs.
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.