I came across this NPR conversation that took place in 2009. It tries to address whether people with Spanish ties want to be identified as Hispanic or Latinos. What I found interesting and encouraging was that race was placed on the forefront of the discussion. Thank you Roland Roebuck. As we begin Garifuna Heritage Month, I commission you to read and learn about the Garifuna culture. As a distinct group of the Afro-Latino community, Garifunas have used their language and cultural attributes to shine light on the rich history of Afro-Latinos. Garifuna Heritage Month is Afro-Latino Heritage Month.
As for the controversial Ruben Navarrette, here’s his list of “10 things…Hispanic immigrants… should do to improve their relationship with the U.S.”:
- All immigrants should enter legally.
- Learn English.
- Don’t feel entitled to anything.
- Don’t play the victim.
- Accept conditions to become legal.
- Challenge both political parties.
- Teach your children that education is indispensable.
- Earn citizenship, then register and vote.
- Put down roots. Give up this fantasy of returning home.
Click here for the transcript and audio of the discussion.
Here’s a list of the participants:
Michel Martin,TELL ME MORE from NPR News (Host)
Ruben Navarrette (Syndicated Columnist)
Roland Roebuck (Activist)
Gustavo Arellano (Columnist)
Luis Clemens, TELL ME MORE from NPR News (Planning Editor)