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.
My last few thought posts were concentrated upon the education of the Hispanic / Latino/a student populations. This is because I am collecting evidence for research, about the educational experience of this segment of the population in the U.S.A. I came to a point during my readings where I wondered: how could this type of inequality have been left to happen for such a long time? The racial divides and inequality are there, although progress has been made. The development of Historically Black Colleges and Universiites HBCU's and Hispanic Serving Institutions HSI's arose. Whilst they are serving their students, they are also problematic in the sense that, they must also include ways to integrate students with the rest of the population segments. There must be ways to integrate racial and ethnic minorities with the rest of populations. For this to happen it means that all populations strive to work together.
The narratives shift when it comes to the Latino/a and Hispanic populations, to the U.S born and the undocumented as they make decisions with regards to post-secondary education. One portion is granted automatic opportunity, and the other millions are purged away. Yes, some states do have financial opportunities, but for me to understand the dynamics better, it means to connect with the community, learn from their experiences, and to understand what is working and what is not.
Higher education is one pathway that students can take to forge their path into adulthood, but without any sort of post-secondary education, even that of community college, the doors to opportunity are already minimized. Today as I continue to think of the divides, I am reminded of the saying: Every man (woman) is guilty of the good they did not do. This comes to mind the I think of the millions of undocumented who have been living in America for years without status - and law makers and senate members shove off passing votes, and amending existing acts. I am left in horror to have learned that this criminalization has gone on for years, when these populations should have been granted pathways to citizenship, or permanent residency years earlier. These solutions must be created, weather a student chooses to go to post-secondary education or not, the opportunity must be equal for all, and this includes being able to receive financial aid at the federal level. Whilst America strives to protect freedom at the global level, we must also remember to strive for continuous progress, so that freedom for all is also present within the nation as well.