While being part of two cultures is in many ways rewarding, especially when you consider the benefits of being raised with dual languages, there are also several unique hurdles that are faced only by Hispanic Americans.
Today, 54 million Hispanics and Latinos live in the United States, and Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the country. But less than one-percent of all national historic landmarks and only roughly 4 percent of all national park units are dedicated to the Latino community.
If people see their ancestral experience integrated -- not just mentioned in a checklist kind of way, but fully integrated into the larger narrative -- then they are far more likely to see that larger narrative of American history as something that speaks to them.
Even with a black man in the White House, we're still training our black boys how to be careful out there. I'm sure they're aware of the danger, having watched how some white people have treated that black president for the past few years.
I do believe it is vital that America has a unifying national identity and that immigrants feel a sense of community with their fellow Americans -- and vice versa. And by no means is everyone who expresses concerns about how well we're doing on those fronts is a bigot or a demagogue.
The GOP Presidential Candidates need to be careful. While they are being strategic about what to discuss - they must stop ignoring the future of America. Every time they do not genuinely address the Hispanic community - they are slowly weakening our nation.
I happen to be a fan of constructive criticism; it's how one grows. As a community, we need to stop being so critical of each other. Let's show a little bit more love for one another -- there is enough room for all of us to love each other, and still be in business for ourselves.
The closer you look at Hispanics, the more American they seem -- and vice versa. Which is why the prospect of a National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C., is both a no brainer and such a hard sell.
The anti-immigration bills in Georgia suffer from many of the same problems as those in Arizona. They would open up the state to lawsuits if a private citizen feels that they failed to use employment verification.