The immigrants came to escape persecution, upheaval, and corruption. They came to get opportunity, success, and freedom. They wanted to achieve the American Dream. Take a quick look around the world. Today, not much has really changed in many other places out there.
Our huge, aging Baby Boomer generation seized plentiful opportunities and achieved resounding successes, but somewhat on the backs of their parents and grandparents, who as immigrants, set the stage and did the heaviest lifting. A few of the baby boomers are just not quite as great as they might think they are. They shouldn’t forget where they come from. Their forebears, the members of the Greatest Generation, built America, won World War II, and created a long-standing prosperity for their children and grandchildren.
Today’s more recent immigrants and their children, namely Latinos, are finding the American Dream a bit more elusive than Lady Liberty’s first invitees did. With a stagnant economy and the lack of large numbers of decent manufacturing jobs that helped propel earlier immigrant groups, things are different now. It’s harder.
However, today’s Latino-Americans aren’t giving up…at all. They are optimistic. They are inventive. They are vibrant. And, they love America. Despite the lack of any widespread recognition, special assistance, and understanding from earlier, non-Latino immigrants and their descendants, Latinos are quickly moving forward on all fronts. Their current mission includes having a very large hand in re- inventing the American Dream for the betterment of everyone.
Latinos will do this, with or without anyone’s help. They must. Based on their sheer numbers, Latinos are on the verge of inheriting to a very large extent this great country of theirs. They want it to succeed. They will be providing more leadership in all aspects of American society very soon. America’s future is both expecting it and demanding it of them.
If America is to succeed, and based on everything I’ve seen, I think it will, today’s generation of younger Latinos will one day be known by Lady Liberty as another “Greatest Generation”!
Happy New Year to all!