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.
As I wrote previous thoughts I included quotes from a scholarly article that I'm reading. Well the truth is like a turtle just slowly plowing away, a few pages here and there, to wet my interests and keep current. As I wrote the quotes I reflected upon many of the thoughts offered. What I am liking about this paper is that it's like a discussion, where many knowledgeable individuals are getting together, to discuss their endeavours about Latino History past and present. Its really positive, encouraging and heartwarming to learn about the years of efforts that individuals have put forth to create awareness about Latino/a/x history - past, present and future. Key points that we often do not hear at the forefront, or through public media outlets are words such as:
*Interwoven *Shared History *Latino History is American History
Another point of interest was the need for individuals to truly understand the history of America, Spanish America. In agreement with this: knowing how a past has shaped a future is important for future forecasts. What do we envision? How can we get there without making the errors / mistakes of the past? But even as the discussions, the many issues that need to be tackled come to surface, there is still the vision to see beyond. Which is integration. Integrating the hispanic/Latino/a/x populations, with the many other minority and majority populations. What is termed as a "Transhemispheric Approach" (2010) for the gains of social peace.
Observation: After reading the plethora of research, and even as efforts continue, I learn something new. But I also believe that there are vast treasures of writing and research that can offer solutions for current and future challenges. My thoughts to share with love & kindness! :)
Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on November 8th, 2019. Please note that there maybe additional thoughts offered as I continue to read this paper. Please see reference below:
*Adrian Burgos, Donna Gabaccia, María Cristina García, Matthew Garcia, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, María E. Montoya, George J. Sánchez, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Paul Spickard, Latino History: An Interchange on Present Realities and Future Prospects, Journal of American History, Volume 97, Issue 2, September 2010, Pages 424–463, https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/97.2.424