The reality of Hispanics in the USA
In an article published recently at STLtoday.com, Jorge A. Riopedre, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis, shared his views on the growing role of Hispanics in American communities and more precisely in the State of Missouri.
These two paragraphs from his post are very interesting, as they describe first the erroneous image that, unfortunately, prevails in the minds of many on both sides of the border and then goes on to emphasize the contribution of Hispanics to American society:
To most, “Hispanic” has become nearly synonymous with “illegal immigrant.” Many of us have been conditioned to believe that Hispanics take American jobs, depress wages by accepting low pay and overwhelm our educational system. Hispanics are portrayed as poor, uneducated and dependent on public assistance. These are some of the same false charges that were leveled against Chinese laborers, Japanese-Americans, the Irish, Italians, Germans and others who came to this country as immigrants. You would think we would learn from our history…
…As Hispanics, we are doing our part to lift Missouri out of this recession, not only through the talents and abilities of our business owners and professionals, but by teaching our children the value of hard work and the obligation they have to strengthen this country, which opened its arms to their ancestors. And we gladly share the sense of joy and zest that is such a part of our many Latino cultures that add so much diversity and dynamism to the lifeblood of the United States of America.
Read the full article here.