Hispanics are the second largest population group in the country
National Hispanic Heritage Month It is not only a time to look at the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, but it is also a celebration of hope for what is to come. We are moving towards a bright future in which we will be the ones to inspire and achieve greatness in every region of the United States.
We made our home here, long before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. We are the second largest population group in the country, and we have held our ground against casteism, prejudice and ridicule because of our unshakeable hope in the future.
Because of our hope that better days are ahead, we work tirelessly for a better life for ourselves and for our loved ones. Because of this hope, more and more of our children and grandchildren are taking higher education.
Those of us who are eligible to vote account for 13.3% of all eligible voters in the United States and we applied for the 2020 election. Hope inspires us to vote, to make itself heard in the public square. We don’t need loose voting laws to motivate us to vote. We are able to obtain a legal identity card and register to vote. To say otherwise is both condescending and racist.
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Watching our friends and family members struggle under socialism and communism in other countries reinforces our belief in free markets and self-determination. We have become the vaccine this country needs to fight the current ideological virus which is trying to weaken the constitution and turn this country into a socialist state.
As National Hispanic Heritage Month also commemorates the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile, we are always mindful that millions of Hispanics and Latinos still fight daily for their independence .
When our Cuban brothers and sisters marched for independence, their slogans were neither allegorical nor utopian. He marched against the ongoing inhuman policies of an oppressive regime that should be rebuked, not appreciated, by people of all conscience.
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We believe in human rights for all people, everywhere. We stand with those who say “Black lives matter” while rejecting any banner that takes advantage of people’s hardships to advance a philosophy that is anti-Latino, anti-Christian or pro-communist. We condemn the statements made by the Black Lives Matter organization – one that openly embraces Marxism – when it expressed support for Cuba’s communist government.
We stand for individual freedom and the power of choice. Yet the Biden-Harris administration, state and local governments want to order that workers be vaccinated. We hear news anchors saying that we should not have access to health clubs, grocery stores or travel. After suffering disproportionately during the pandemic, we are now discriminated against because of our personal beliefs about our bodies. It’s not just racist, it’s cruel. These policies have a profound impact on our communities.
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More than 100,000 Hispanics and Latinos have lost their lives to COVID-19 since 2020, and as a result, thousands of our families were left permanently without a breadwinner. In today’s economy, we suffer from the highest rates of unemployment, mostly among women.
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Our families are getting hurt. The terrible tragedy of this pandemic is being used not to divide us, but to divide. Political missiles are being fired in every direction. Statements and false rhetoric fly by.
But still we have hope.
And because of our hope, we pledge our allegiance to family, God and country. We do not believe in a democratic state, but in a republic that strives for freedom and justice for all.
We will be partners in realizing that vision.
That is our heritage. That is our history. That is our future. And that’s why even in another difficult year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of hope.
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