Por QueEstelle Gonzales Walgreen
Do Hispanics Want to Leave the U.S. because Bristol is Poised to Win Dancing with the Stars?
“Each subsequent generation of Latinos is more educated, acculturated and successful then the prior one.”
In case you haven’t heard, 1-out-of-7 Hispanics would leave the U.S. permanently if they could. Whaaaaaat. I ain’t goin’ nowhere at least not until I celebrate the pinnacle of American mediocrity by watching Bristol Palin horse hoof her way to a Dancing with the Stars trophy.
Another reason I can’t and won’t leave the U.S. at this time is that I am protesting the TSA’s “enhanced pat down” at airports. Yes grab my ass, peek-a-boo at my privates and do a quick feel, but at the very least give me some frequent flier miles to go back to the motherland. I digress.
Gallup, which conducted the poll, explains that Hispanics especially those not native born aren’t happy in the U.S., preferring to move to Latin America, Mexico or the United Kingdom, in that order. ¿Por Que?
Does it have anything to do with Fox News and certain Republicans stating we are overpopulating like rats while eating like pigs! Is it because Republican Hispanics were elected to key offices, like Governor Sandoval of Nevada, Governor Martinez of New Mexico and Tea party darling Senator-elect Rubio, with decidedly anti-immigrant stances?
These 1 out-of-7 Hispanics need to celebrate the Wise Latina, a record turnout at mid-term elections, that statistically Hispanics outlive everyone else and maybe for a chuckle that Meg Whitman’s was forced to pay her former maid back wages on top of costing Whitman her $144 million election investment. Ouch. Why leave amigos when we are having so much fun.
Most importantly they need to be reminded that each subsequent generation of Latinos is more educated, acculturated and successful then the prior one – so hang in there.
The preference to move to Latin America and Mexico makes sense, I suppose. What doesn’t make sense is that the United Kingdom was the leading non-Latin American choice amongst these disenfranchised Latinos. ¿Por Que?
Yes, they have Harry Potter, a Prince and soon to be Princess and better elocution of the English language than Sarah Palin and Arnold Schwarzenegger combined, but keep in mind they aren’t that friendly to immigrants themselves. 77 percent of British people want immigration cut, which is a higher percentage than in the U.S.
Americans eventually come around to embrace what they brutalize. Remember that the Irish immigrants were the scourge of the earth at the turn of the century yet decades later elected a President of Irish descent in John F. Kennedy. Then we have President Obama elected 143 years after our last slave was freed – I didn’t say America move’s quickly but it does always move in the right direction.
The U.S. is also the motherland of second acts: what is decidedly out today will be in tomorrow. It was only yesterday that I was watching Kim Kardashian on the Spice Channel and now I’m using her credit card to pay for my Spice Channel subscription while dousing myself in her perfume. Yesterday, Bristol Palin was a high school dropout, teen-age mom, and today she is poised to conquer the dancing world and may even end up living in the White House.
You never know who will have the economic and political power or, even better, their own reality show, but I do know it CAN and MUST be the Hispanics that decide to stick around.