Hispanic Heritage Month – September 15 to October 15
Contrary to the belief of caucasian U.S. citizens, the hispanic population in the U.S. is strong and growing. In fact, in the year 2010 the hispanic population in the U.S. is about 48 million strong. Yes, we are here and we’re here to stay. Also, contrary to popular caucasian belief, over 90% of the hispanics in the U.S. are not immigrants, we are U.S. citizens, many of whom were born in the U.S. As Cheech Marino stated it ‘Born In East L.A. – I was Born in East L.A.‘
Hispanics are far too often taken to be either Mexican, Cuban or Puerto Rican. In fact, our heritage spans the entire World. Many of us have roots in South America, Spain, other parts of Europe, Asian countries and even Africa. South American hispanics in particular do not like hearing ‘America’ in reference specifically to the U.S. America is much bigger than the U.S. It includes Canada, Mexico and all the countries of the entire South American continent.
Hispanic people have been citizens of the United States since its inception. We have served and fought for the U.S. in every single war, including and even before the U.S. Revolution. We have, since the very beginning of our country (the United States of America) contributed greatly to her culture, her precepts and her laws. We will continue to fight for our country, chasing her enemies all the way to the fire pit of Hell.
The first hispanic public servant was Joze Marion Hernandez. He served as a U.S. delegate from Florida before it was recognized as a State. Joze served from the year 1822 to 1823. Florida was finally declared a State in the year 1845. In 1876 Romauldo Pacheco became the first hispanic citizen to serve on the U.S. Congress. The first U.S. senator of hispanic origin was Octaviano Larrazolo, of The Great State of New Mexico. He served in the year 1928. Currently we have cause to be proud of our hispanic heritage in Junior Senator Robert Menendez, currently serving in New Jersey. Senator Menendez recently published a book, ‘Growing American Roots: Why Our Nation Will Thrive As Our Largest Minority Flourishes‘. A small girl, years ago was raised in public housing, in a very poor family in the Bronx,NY. She, Justice Sonia Sotomeyor, was recently appointed a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Will the NEXT U.S. President be HISPANIC?
Latinos are changing the Catholic Church. They are said to be the cause of the ‘Browning of the Catholic Church’ according to Pedro Moreno Garcia of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, St. Cecilia Parish in St. Louis, MO. Moreno claims ‘Hispanics are the present and hispanics are the future of the Catholic Church in the United States.’ In fact, approximately one third of all Catholics in the U.S. are of hispanic origin, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
Help us continue to contribute to and influence our great country. Spread the word about this Website and participate in the U.S. hispanic movement.