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


Please stop calling us marginalized, oppressed victims

Please stop. 

Please stop calling us marginalized, oppressed victims.  

Hispanics and Latinos 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 justice for all. 

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

We do not need special voting conditions. Those of us who can legally vote have the freedom to do so, and many, many do. In fact, 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. 

Additionally, our graduation rates and rates of homeownership have increased over the years. In the past decade, the number of Hispanics and Latinos who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher increased by 4%, from 13% in 2010 to 17% in 2020. Our “Dreamers” — those who arrived in the United States as children and are offered temporary relief from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — have made major contributions to our society. More than 800,000 people have benefited from DACA: 89% of Dreamers were employed in 2018, and they are more likely to start a business and have higher graduation rates compared to other non-citizens.   

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