As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
When we begin to examine anything, it is always best to have a mechanism of comparison. When we think of a minority population such as the Hispanic / Latino, we would compare another minority, such as African Americans, with majority populations, such as White or Caucasian. This is what is known in business terminology as Bench Marking, a comparison. Companies compare their success rates with their competitors all the time, such as Apple with Samsung, or iTunes for Spotify. But sometimes they have to introspect their own product, and how market forces are having an effect upon a companies products, through a product analysis. The same can be said of a population. It is good to have comparisons, but we also need to look at what is happening within a population segment.
This is especially true for the Hispanic / Latino population. Within this segment there are those living with status, U.S. born, undocumented and U.S. born, without disclosing U.S. birth. There is unequal opportunity within this segment, that is linked directly to immigration status. Which is why it is fitting to understand the dynamics that are creating inequality within the Hispanic / Latino population segment. I continue to urge policy, law makers, specialists, analysts, and politicians to work together to find, and create new pathways, that are built for equal opportunity, for all Hispanic / Latino's. It is important for education equity, and it is also important to the future economic health, and prosperity of the nation.
You can keep doing surveys, questionnaires, about success rates of the Hispanic / Latino community, when you fully well know that a large portion of Hispanic / Latino's does not participate in these. There might be those who are struggling, and there might also be those on the other end of the spectrum, who are very successful. We have reached a point in history, where we have to make a mend to the existing programs of DACA, amend the DREAM Act, or pave the pathway for immigration reform. Why include some, and leave out a few, when it makes sense to include all. With support, eventually everyone is going to paint a prosperous picture of America.