신부님. Samuel Rodriguez: Hispanics, Latinos thriving – we are not marginalized, oppressed victims

Please stop calling us marginalized, oppressed victims.

Hispanics and 라틴계 living in the United States are a diverse, thriving community. We are here to bless this nation, to help it fully realize its ideals of liberty and 정의 for all.

아직, some pundits and naysayers insist on telling us that liberty and justice are not really for us or, if they are, then they will always be just out of our reach.

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I am not ignorant of the sufferings of people of color in this nation. I am well aware that the men, women and children of my community and other communities of color have to work much harder and longer and face more opposition in their pursuit of the American dream. There are glaring inequities in this nation that must be addressed and corrected.

But as a person of Puerto Rican heritage, I am weary of hearing the wordsmarginalized,” “oppressed” 과 “피해자” on a constant loop. I do not identify myself in this way, and I do not know any other Hispanics or Latinos who do, 어느 한 쪽.

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We are survivors, victors, overcomers, and we refuse to adhere to the demeaning idea that we are helpless, hopeless people.

예를 들어, consider the voting rights bills that are being debated. Republican lawmakers in Texas authored Texas Senate Bill 7, which would uphold and create election security measures in an attempt to safeguard the election integrity that has long been a hallmark of American democracy. The progress on passing this bill was stalled by liberal state senators.

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In Florida, 하나, a similar bill, 상원 법안 90, was passed and signed into law by Gov. Rick DeSantis. 물론이야, this new legislation was met with immediate, intense opposition.

Here is what is frustrating to me as a Latino: We do not need special voting conditions. Those of us who can legally vote have the freedom to do so, and many, many do. 사실로, record numbers of Hispanics and Latinos voted last year. We can do everything necessary to vote, including registering to vote, presenting identification, showing up to polling places at the correct times and asking for assistance if we need it.

게다가, we are successful, imaginative, entrepreneurial and industrious. Prior to this administration, we had the lowest unemployment rate ever. Hispanics and Latinos in the United States have the fastest growing middle class compared to White, Black and Asian racial groups. 과, as Forbes notes:

I am grieved that I should have to qualify my community, to defend it against a false narrative.

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