Nothing comes for free in live. The Hispanic community in the United States has a long way of struggle, before our rights are fully recognize. We should start by defining our short and long term agenda and unify our community toward those purposes. Two examples of our actual weak political position are: (a) Yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision on the Arizona Petitioners Vs the United States, where the key point of the action, regarding the right of the State to request immigration proofs was left intact by the Supreme Court; and (b) The interesting case of the congressional elections in the New York 15th District.
The New York 15th District is an area where the 47.6% of the population is of the Hispanic ethnicity and it is represented in the house by a non Hispanic candidate (Mr. Charles Rangel) whom has been closely scrutinize due to misconducts and ethics violations. Nevertheless, in the present elections out of the Hispanic news papers and media, nobody bothers to mention the opposing candidate, whom happens to be a Dominican-American (Mr. Adriano Espaillat).
I have been following the most representative media reports and every time that they refer the Democrats’ primary, they mention the actual representative, Mr. Rangel, but nobody refers Mr. Espaillat by his name, referring him only as the opposing democrat candidate. From my point of view this is outrageous when the Dominican community in that District is a deciding political and financial power.
We could present hundreds of proof in this very same line of thinking, but I am going to put an stop here and restate that this is not a casual fact, but at the contrary it is the result of a weak positioning of the Hispanic community, the lack of a consolidate agenda toward the safeguard of our best interests and the eternal lack of a unified community. It could sound as a “cliché” but definitely only in the union resides the power of a conglomerate and in this case we would have to fight hard, because definitely, nothing comes for free.