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Opinion: To help the United States, help Latinos lead
Latino Leadership Initiative participants met with astronaut Jose Hernandez.
November 28th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Opinion: To help the United States, help Latinos lead

Editor’s note: David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and has been an adviser to four presidents. He is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Follow him on Twitter: @David_Gergen. Michael Zuckerman is David Gergen’s research assistant.

By David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst, and Michael Zuckerman, Special to CNN

(CNN) – One doesn’t have to be Hispanic to recognize the importance of the Latino population to America’s future. With the Hispanic population in America up 43% during the past decade and projected to comprise nearly one-third of the U.S. population by 2050, our nation’s future is increasingly bound up with the fate of Hispanics. If Hispanics go up, we all go up; if they fall, look out below.

Unfortunately, nationwide social conditions are now looking grim. According to a recent report from Pew Hispanic Center, there are now more Latino children living in poverty – 6.1 million – than any other racial or ethnic group. The recession-impacted number is up a whopping 36% from 2007. (Poverty for white and black children was up 17.6% and 11.7%, respectively).

The education gap between whites and Hispanics at grades eight and 12 has persisted at roughly the same level since 1994, while the Hispanic dropout rate - 17.6% - remains nearly twice as large as that 9.3% rate of black students and more than three times the 5.2% rate of white students. Clearly, we are not doing all that we could be, and will reap the whirlwind if we continue to allow such a burgeoning part of our population to grow up impoverished and without a proper education.

How to solve this impending crisis? While there are many valuable ideas out there, one we would highlight is the nurturing of leadership capacity and civic engagement, particularly in the rising generation.

The Hispanic community, despite its rapid growth, is badly underrepresented in the leadership of our nation’s government, businesses and non-profits: Hispanics hold only 26 seats in the current House of Representatives – just 6%, versus 16% of the population - and only 43 board of director seats at Fortune 100 companies - about 3.6%, out of 1,191 total. While we were cheered to learn that college enrollment among Hispanic students jumped 24% between 2009 and 2010, reaching an all-time high of 12.2 million, we recognize that a college diploma is only a first step toward building leadership capacity. More is needed to increase the representation of Latino leaders in the public, private, and social sectors.

At the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, one program we’ve been especially proud to create in the past two years is the Latino Leadership Initiative, the first program of its kind in the United States. Working with college presidents and deans of students around the country, the leadership institute identifies around 40 promising college-age students from partner universities with significant Hispanic populations and invites them to Harvard, all expenses paid. There, they engage in an intensive, weeklong executive education experience designed to improve their leadership skills through teaching, practice and mentorship from inspiring role models.

The classroom sessions focus on a range of leadership development areas, including public speaking, decision making, community organizing, social media and negotiation. In addition, the program facilitates valuable opportunities for the participants – 65% of whom, this past year, were first-generation college attendees – to come together and build community and solidarity among themselves, while also interacting with an array of accomplished leaders from government, business and non-profits. This past year’s lineup, for example, included Harvard’s Marshall Ganz, Andy Zelleke and David Carrasco, as well as practitioner guests such as Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz, Houston entrepreneur Farouk Shami, astronaut Jose Hernandez and Pinnacle Technical Resources chief executive Nina Vaca.

Harvard, of course, has no monopoly on wisdom. But it does have enormous convening power and the very fact that these students are on the Harvard campus sends them a message: We think you represent an important part of America’s future. We believe you are ready to change the world.

As the Harvard Divinity School’s David Carrasco, the first Latino to hold an endowed chair at Harvard, told the group: “You represent the new demography of the U.S. and your leadership skills have the potential to revitalize a new democracy.”

One of the best features of the institute is that the learning does not end after the weeklong session lets out. Classroom skills are immediately put into practice through post-program requirements, which mobilize the students into teams that develop and execute a community service project in cooperation with their mentors and partner institutions. Dario Collado, who manages the institute, continues to convene regular conference calls for students to report out on their progress and share best practices. Last year, institute students from the University of Houston created a leadership training program for 50 eighth graders at urban grade schools nearby. They provided six hours of instruction and mentoring per week during the school year, which culminated in a day-long retreat on campus at the University of Houston.

Leadership training alone will not close the achievement gap or erase childhood poverty, but it can play an important role. As the next generation of young Latinos grows up, they have the power to shape their future and, increasingly, their country’s future. As the nation’s second Latino astronaut, Jose Hernandez, asked this past year’s cohort, “Are you guys going to embrace the opportunity to be agents of change? Because, like it or not, you guys are models – it’s a powerful tool.”

The novelist Junot Diaz added: “Take heart, you are equal to the task. If you survived childhood as a Latino in America, there is nothing you cannot survive.”

The student responses were heartening. “I was an observer before,” one student later explained. “Now I want to be an actor.”

The opinions in this commentary are solely those of David Gergen and Michael Zuckerman.

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  1. Kumar

    Why give latinos power if they voted for obama?

    November 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RMC

    I am first-generation American. My father legally immigrated to this country from Mexico. I have 6 brothers and sisters. We are all self-supporting, college-educated people. The generalizations that people make about Hispanics are rather ignorant: my family is successful because we know what hard work is and we do it; nothing has ever been handed to me or either of my siblings because we are of Hispanic descent; and, none of us are on public assistance.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      RMC, first you talk of 1 specific instance, then you talk about how generalizations are wrong. That makes no sense. It's great that you succeeded on your own, but a lot of the generalizations, albeit ugly, are correct. You need to wake up to reality, even though it might not be what you hope it is.

      November 29, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
      • RMC

        Not sure I follow your "1 specific instance" reference. I am speaking of seven people that are first-generation American and how all are college-educated and successful. My personal example is rebutting the generalizations that permeate this discussion post.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Pancho Villa

      RMC, pray for those who generalize. They need our help. Merry Christmas to you!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
      • RMC

        Merry Christmas to you too, Pancho.

        November 29, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      I'M A HISPANIC GUY...WHO BELIEVE THAT THE TIME OF LEGAL IMMIGRATION IS OVER...AMERICA HAVE OVER 25 MILLION PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED IF YOU COUNT THE PART-TIME WORKERS..WE DO NOT NEED ANY MORE PEOPLE. WHY CAN'T THE MEDIA AND POLITICIANS COME TO THAT CONCLUSION ?? AFRAID TO TELL THE TRUTH ? AFRAID TO SPEAK UP ? BOTH ? AMERICA IS BECOMING OVER POPULATED THE TIME TO CLOSE THE LEGAL IMMIGRATION DOORS WAS 3 YEARS AGO.

      November 29, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. America is for Americans

    look at this morons statistics, it show's hispanics are dumb and don't want to learn or succeed. can't feel sorry for people who can't help themselves, although the socialist government wants these people in poverty so they can take care of them to get more votes to stay on the payroll. a viciuos circle caused by the liberal left socialists. let them pay for these rats invading our country out of there own pockets. I want my money going to Americans only. these people are not Americans

    November 29, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Odin999

    What percentage of Hispanics in the United States are here illegally? Why are they not being deported?

    November 29, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Wong Kong

      Obama is doing a good job on deportation. Give him some credit man

      November 29, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. We Need Good Immigrants

    Latinos are nice people but oo many of them embrace the thug, machismo culture. Wearing baggy pants and bandannas while spewing hatred of America is going to get you killed or nowhere. America wants her Latino children to do well. I don't think the majority of latino children want to do well. They are perfectly fine speaking spanish, joining gangs and creating a vicimization tone for their culture.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Diego

      I am amazed by the posts over this article, it seems as if no one understood the clearly stated message. What amazes me more, however, is all the generalizations and stereotyping that has come up here. By 2050, the article states, Latinos will make up 1/3 of the population, wether you like it or not. The best response is to work together to make sure that everyone gets an equal and fair education for the sake of the United States' future.

      No one posting "facts" about Latino's here is an accredited sociologist having conducted years of research spanning the country, therefore, your statements are invalid. This is a country built on immigration, and I imagine that everyone who has posted here has forefathers that immigrated to this country. Irish, Germans, Italians, and others were all looked at and treated negatively just like Latinos are today. People made the same racist/ignorant comments about those people that they make about Latinos today. These groups overcame the prejudice and flourished, and either you like it or not, so will the Latinos. So help give them opportunities, it will only strengthen our country

      November 29, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Pancho Villa

        Well, said Diego! Well said!

        November 29, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Little Lyn

        I'm a Latina and I was part of the inaugural Latino Leadership Initiative at Harvard. Thank you, Diego, for your response to this post. Unfortunately, stereotypes dictate what people not only think about Hispanics, but what they think of African Americans, Asians, women, the aged, etc. This must be changed and people need to be educated on all areas of each ethnic group and minorities as well to be respectful of all races. We must accept and appreciate people individually, not as a group. Yes, there are a lot of machistas in the Hispanic culture out there, but there are also alot of men and women fighting for their education and their right to progress in America and support the country. This not only pertains to Hispanics, it pertains to every member of the country. Hispanics are the largest growing minorities and thus, must be educated and taught the value of pushing all people forward. We must be made into leaders. This is what David Gergen is talking about– minorities using their growing numbers to motivate other people (no matter their race) to succeed in all areas. This is what LLI did for me and my cohort when we participated in the program. As a result, all of us have excelled in our areas of expertise and are pushing others to succeed as well through LLI-based leadership programs in our universities, communities, and younger generations. As Gandhi says, "Be the change you want to be in the world."

        December 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
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  6. Dennis

    When are we going to stop pointing to a specific ethnicity and crying about how they need a helping hand from everyone else simply because they're too ignorant, apathetic, or lazy to help themselves. I don't care if you're white, black, brown, or a lovely shade of purple; there are ways to better yourself but all of them begin with hard work and commitment – none of which have anything to do with the color of your skin or your ethnic background. If you're not on the board of a Fortune 500 company and you think it's because of your race or ethnic background, then you don't deserve the position because you obviously don't get it. How about realizing the truth? You don't deserve the good jobs, the good home, the good salary because YOU DIDN'T WORK FOR IT! From what I'm reading in the news today, many Hispanics are more interested in getting free education and benefits for illegal immigrants that legal residents enjoy. Why don't you put down the Mexican flag, adopt and embrace the ways of this great nation, speak English, stop whining about your lot in life, and make something of yourself. And for the pundits like the author of the article that prompted this debate, why don't you write about Americans in poverty – not just the Hispanics. That would be worthwhile journalism.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. mm

    To all Latinos: If you continue to follow the ways of the democrat party philosophy of victimization and ethnocentric thinking, take a good look at the blacks because that is your future.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Wong Kong

      Oh, no! Get rid of Obama now. Bad news!

      November 29, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    For a Harvard guy, this Gergen fellow is an idiot.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Matt, that's because "most of these Harvard MBA types don't add up to dogs%it".

      November 29, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. Knucklehead

    "help Latinos lead" has got to be the oxymoron of the year.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chris

    Props to all the latinos telling it LIKE IT IS!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Newt

    Latinos are real leaders:

    MS-13 gangs killing people
    Gangs murdering 200 people a day in each city
    Graffiti in cities and towns
    Robberies and assaults
    Rapes against minors
    and much more...................................

    Latinos are number 1

    November 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Janice from Texas

    I am white. . . and was part of a mentoring program during college. It set a lifelong commitment to community service that has lasted since the 60's. It also helped me to realize my potentials, as well as many of the advantages from having good teachers, parents and education. The vast majority of Latinos in my community are hard-working, thrifty, and family oriented. Yes, exceptions exist as they do with every group. But they are that . . . exceptions.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      When you refer to large numbers, you need to only think about PERCENTAGES. Much larger of latinos causing problems than white folks.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Ummm... no thanks. If you need my help to lead, you probably are not much of a leader.

    November 29, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. jim

    So we have a choice........ let the country go down the toilet before the Mexicans take over, or let them become the majority of the population and flush it for us. Wonderful!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. capnmike

    OK, let's take a good hard REALISTIC look at the way Latinos "lead". You have to look no further than South America, a continent entirely led by Latinos. What do you see? Corruption. Governments and businesses run like they were operated by 12-year-old show-offs. Little respect for law, only for whatever you can get away with. Part of my family is Latino, I travel to South America regularly, and this is NOT a "racist" rant, it's the plain truth. My wife, who is Latina, says the same thing about her own people. Sad but true. Do I want their style of "leadership" here? Not on your life!!!

    November 29, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      People don't like the truth when it's negative.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Dobie

    Actually this country will be much better off when we stop looking at ourselves as Hispanics, Blacks and Whites. Who cares how many Hispanics are in Congress – the body is 100% American.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Amen!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      You are 100% accurate in indicating such fact. We, all are Americans. We all, come from different races and walks of life. However, we, united can make the difference in this country of ours! God bless America!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • America is for Americans

      if you are here illegaly you are not an American, end of story.....goto mexico and try doing what they do here and see what happens. Look at what they have done to there own country, loaded with corruption more so than this administration...mexicans can also get guberment grants and loans easier than I can so what they hell do these people want////

      November 29, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
      • Wong Kong

        Why do you want to send my people to Mexico? I don't know Mexico. Come on man. Don't send me back there. Do you know where Asia is?

        November 29, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. Really

    Just another PRO hispanic artical by CNN, nothing new. If you anything but white, CNN has your back.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. sunsudo

    WOW. I'm a 38 year old white guy. Have had this so called = opertunity crap shoved down my throat forever. I've had to work hard for everything I've got. No free pass because of skin color, no scholarship fund for me, no group fighting for my rights. I have not opressed anyone ever and don't owe ANYBODY anything. If your a good leader than lead. It has nothing to do with skin color. I'm not racist but with the way this country is going I soon will be.

    November 29, 2011 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Liberalism (almost as much as conservatism) is destroying this country. BTW, this is coming from a leftist (on most issues)

      November 29, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      newsflash: you're quite there mate

      November 29, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
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  19. Jay in Florida

    Here is a thought for the person who wrote this article: Be careful of Latinos leading...... their leaders include Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Salvador Correa, Augusto Pinochet, Alfredo Stroessner, Anastasio Somoza.... ( just to name a few ). Sadly, what Latinos are absolutely the best of breed at, is in producing dictators. I am a Latino myself.... I should know this topic extremely well.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Gustavo

      For being Latino and for what you've just said your a disgrace to your race. Your giving up on your race and your giving in to the social propaganda racist America wants you to follow. Jay you have been way to long in Florida and you have clearly forgotten who we are what we can accomplish as Latinos. You lost faith in us and in yourself because no matter how white you want to be you will always be Latino; that's something you need to start being proud of and you should really start to get to know your race before you saying ignorant and disgraceful comments like you just did. Me das pena de que seas Latino y hables de esa forma.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Matt

        @Gustavo – Please tell us "who you are" and "what you have accomplished". From my experiences and what I have seen of every Latino society, I'm not impressed. Every pre-dominant Latino neighborhood in the U.S. is a s**t hole. Why is that... Because of the Latinos embracing their heritage instead of embracing the ideology of the U.S. About 2% of the population in Hispanic countries understand the basic mentality of the majority of Latinos. They are the ruling class and they raise their children to be better than the rest of the population so they will also rule. About 5-10% of the Latinos in the U.S. get it. They assimilate and make a better life for themselves. The other 90% "embrace" their hispanic roots, never teach their children what the U.S. is really about and just perpetuate this Latino mentality. No one can help the Latino peoples until they decide to help themselves. Put your previous nation's flags away, start disciplining and teaching your kids, start embracing the ideas of contributing and making the U.S. a better place to live and maybe in a few generations U.S. children (with darker skin tones) won't be having this conversation.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      "come mierda"? Excellent. Can't write in English, the language of this country, yet can insult a person who writes the truth.
      @Gustavo, Latino is NOT a race. It's a culture. A culture than more often than not envies those that work hard to improve themselves, that think that the government owes them a good life.
      Why do Latinos fall back in education? Because the culture doesn't value it. Go to a public or university library in a weekend, check the people there. Mostly Chinese, Indian, Korean. Almost no Latinos or Whites.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Leo

        Latino is not a "culture"; however, you are correct in that it is not a race; It's an ethnicity.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Typical latino response, resorting to gutter language in spanish. You are certainly the stereotype, which is really why you are reaping what you sow: nothing because that is what you contribute while constantly demanding "help".

      November 29, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  20. wayne

    Yes, we need there leadership. Look how well they have done in their home countries. The great majority of these people are here illeaglly. They are not helping this country, they are distroying it. If you want to give them something to make yourself feel better give them a reason to go home and make their country a better place. Giving them free medical, free education, food stamps etc., etc., does not make them want to do better. It makes them want to continue accepting the handouts, work for pay under the table without paying taxes and sending the money out of the country.

    November 29, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  21. Yellow

    we are a country built by immigrants you can't call your self native when the Indians have been here thousands of years and were the first ones here.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ZysPsyk

      Built on European immigrants, slowly ruined by third world immigrants. Europeans brought skills, third world immigrants bring crime and pestilence. And you are native if you are born here, whether it was yesterday or "a 1000 years ago". Not all immigration is the same and comparing illegal hispanic immigration to the "immigrants who founded the country" is like comparing apples and dog turds.

      November 29, 2011 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Gustavo

        They brought skills you say? So raping and murdering innocent native Americans is a skill now hu? Interesting.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      True, and Spain did the exact same thing in central and south america.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
      • Wong Kong

        Thank you Chris!

        November 29, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      That's right! Who was here first? Who got eliminated-exterminated from the face of earth?

      November 29, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  22. iokmklmiojil

    Actually, I should rephrase what I stated below. Why do Hispanics deserve extra help? What makes them a special case?
    I mentioned African Americans in my previous post, but that's not relevant to the article.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Booger McCoy

      I will gladly help lead them back across the border to Mexico.

      November 29, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  23. iokmklmiojil

    Nobody reached out to Asian students or the Asian American community and they represent the most educated and affluent minority in America. In fact, Asian students in America achieve higher than White students. Why do Hispanics and Blacks need extra help?

    November 29, 2011 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Actually, I think the jews have the Asians beat.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  24. Juan H

    I sick of you people having to talk about illegals when EVER it comes to Latino issues. Puerto Ricans are Americans. Cubans are all legal. Latinos are not just Mexicans in this country or illegal. Grow up and stop talking out your a$$e$.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ZysPsyk

      Puerto Ricans are Americans? You might want to let them know that...since they "ogrullo" PR so much..

      November 29, 2011 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Yup, about as proud as Texans are when they talk about the "Republic of Texas" or Southerners when they stick the confederate flag on the back bumper of their truck, or Hawaians when they wave the Shaka. Is your comment miseducated or are you just another angry WASP who can't get his deal together and needs somebody to hate?

        November 29, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Maya

        You meant to say, Orgullo? Pride? It is never too late to take a Spanish course.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose

      Juan, pray for them all, brother. If they don't know, they don't know. Pray, Juan.

      November 29, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  25. SixDegrees

    Since when do leaders need help leading? A contender for Dumbest Article of the Week, and it's still so early.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  26. Memester

    Latino Population Census figures:
    34 million Mexicans in the USA
    vs...
    1 million Salvadorians then the number drops dramatically down to an average of 200,000 each from countries from the rest of Latin America living in the USA.

    Now, Mexicans are the most hoardist, most consider the default "Latino" or "Hispanic" in the USA, in other words, they are the majority in the "Latino" community as a result of hoarding immigration into the USA, perhaps to "reconquer" the USA, I don't know, you tell me.

    Thus, Mexicans do NOT represent all of Latin America, nor are all Latino's the same as Mexicans, in culture, mannerisms, food, music, mentality, ways of speaking Spanish, etc.

    Just need to clarify that time and again, over and over. Thank you for reading.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  27. Charlie

    The one thing that can stop them from coming here....... inflation.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan H

      Hey smarty...the majority of Latinos are AMERICANS. But you think all Latinos are the little Indian Mexicans picking tomatoes on the farm, don't you?

      November 29, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
      • R, Mussared

        wrong, Juan, the majority are NOT Americans, the majority are ILLEGAL, and they are lawbreakers who do not deserve help. They should all go to their homeland and fight to make IT as great a country as the USA

        November 29, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
      • American citizen

        R, Mussared, AMEN brother! I grew up in SO CA and I have absolutly nothing aginst Mexicans or anyone else as long as your here lawfully. AND there is no such thing as Aferican American or Asian American or Mexican American unless you hold dual citizenship!!! If you not American and proud of it got the heck back to where you came from. A lot of great people died to make this the country it is, go home and make your country what you want it to be instead of running away! Where would OUR GREAT AMERICA be if our fourfathers did the the same thing.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  28. Aaron

    Are they concerned about any issue other than amnesty for illegals? If so, the news outlets are keeping it well-hidden.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. Memester

    Remember! You must help lead those young Mexican guys at the Home Depot as they get picked up to work the gardens at the BohoGrovo... if you know what I mean...

    November 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. CDaeda

    Latinos should lead a new s*ex revolution in the US. This type education is sorely needed for many.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jcmangos

    betty does have a point in being...its one thing growing up in tennessee and another is growing up in california. but really most people are just plain disfunctional there anyway. hispanics ,whites most of them.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  32. kkk

    Wow...talking about racism. You need to get your data correct... 66% of violent crimes are from Hispanics; not true. You've got to be a moron. Latinos pay taxes just like anyone else; including the illegal ones, which only represent a small portion of them. They don't expect things to be handed to them. They work for it.

    November 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      " They don't expect things to be handed to them. They work for it." LMFAO. The national statistics show there are PLENTY of hispanics collecting benefits that they had handed to them and that they did not work for. Check the US Immigration website, the numbers are all there. Since you sound like a pro-Hisapnic type– I recommend you don't go look at those numbers– they will be a big rain on your parade.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Bob from Pittsburgh

    I hate to admit but you are partly right, is important that not only Latinos but everybody in this country pull together and help all kids to succeed, Americans are failing in almost every category, and it is scary, but bushing each other will not solve the problem. I live in a good area, and I see kids from all groups failing, not a pretty sight.
    So I am a volunteer to mentor some kids, and so does my wife, I do not mentor just Latin kids, but any kids that need my counseling in general, most of my kids are not Latinos..
    The other huge problem is Drugs, my philosophy is “”no clients no pushers””. Is important to educate kids to keep them away from drugs, Drugs are most effective tool in the destruction of this country, more dangerous than an atomic bomb, and is our job to mitigate that huge problem, and is every body’s job, and I don’t let people tell me It can’t be done, It must be done. Going after the cartels is a waste of time and money, taking away their clients is a smarter way to destroy the cartels.

    Thank you for the responsible and kind words. There is hope…

    November 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Truthfully

    Oyo tomal!

    November 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ugh

      I second that. haha.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Justin Draper

    With all do respect Hispanics can get new business loan and help from our government that we can not. Im all for people make them self better but come on Its our money .

    November 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      You are right Justin!!!!

      November 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        I pay more taxes than you because I have a better job than you, you are too stupid to have a good job therefore you pay less taxes, or may be you are a wefare case and pay no taxes..
        In the other hand people that start business create jobs, and everybody should have the same opportunities..

        November 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pemberley

      Maybe your ignorance and poor language skills are part of your problem.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        ha ha ha... lmao....

        November 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        Thank you, Pemberley. I now live and work in Georgia and my jaw constantly drops at angry folks here who yell to make English the 'official' language when they cannot write a ten-sentence E-mail with passing redaction and spelling, and who get angry when visitors struggle to understand the barely intelligible FoghornLeghorn/GooberPyle/PootyTangese that passes for English here. If you can't even master your own language, what makes you think you'll get an easy business loan???

        November 29, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      I think "Bob from Pittsburgh" is making a LOT of assumptions here..... The national statistics don't lie– Hispanics are at the bottom of the barrel in nearly every meaningful category used to evaluate a certain ethinicity's value to society as a whole. We are glad that you and your wife are Latino and actually succeeeding at a professional career. Unfortunately, you and your wife happen to be a part of a VERY SMALL minority of Hispanics that are self-made successes.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        I hate to admit but you are partly right, is important that not only Latinos but everybody in this country pull together and help all kids to succeed, Americans are failing in almost every category, and it is scary, but bushing each other will not solve the problem. I live in a good area, and I see kids from all groups failing, not a pretty sight.
        So I am a volunteer to mentor some kids, and so does my wife, I do not mentor just Latin kids, but any kids that need my counseling in general, most of my kids are not Latinos..
        The other huge problem is Drugs, my philosophy is “”no clients no pushers””. Is important to educate kids to keep them away from drugs, Drugs are most effective tool in the destruction of this country, more dangerous than an atomic bomb, and is our job to mitigate that huge problem, is every body’s job, I don’t let people tell me It can’t be done, It must be done. Going after the cartels is a waste of time and money, taking away their clients is a smarter way to destroy the cartels.

        Thank you for the responsible and kind words. There is hope…

        November 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        The demographics of legal Hispanics are changing at a higher rate than they ever did for working-class minorities (such as immigrant Irish during the Potato Famine and Italians) in the U.S. The average young Cuban or Puerto Rican is geographically mobile, has a skilled trade or a degree (or is working on one) and has financial security and/or home ownership in his projections for the future. He is also conscious of the need for an adequate college fund for his child/children. There is an ever-increasing spread between the poor multi-generation inner city Neoricans who came during the 50's and 60's (which have become assimilated in a generally unfortunate manner) and the upcoming Boricua and Cuban-American yuppie looking to get the most bang for his education/job experience buck. I'm one of those (actually, I was born in New York) who recently came back to the 'states to make better of a Facilities Management career, and I'm now 53; my first daughter is a high school teacher/counselor in Fort Worth, her husband (also Puerto Rican) is a technology services consultant making $75,000/yr, my youngest has a 3.95 GPA in high school and my wife has no need to work. If you're still looking for one of those poorly-dressed, shy jibaritos or guajiros who would answer every question with 'sorry, me no speek eenglich', you will probably be most sorely disappointed. Good luck with that.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • kkk

      Our money... what do you mean by that. Many latinos are Americans. You a REAL moron. Does one have to be blonde and white to be American. I DON'T THINK SO. OPEN your eyes.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. waycist

    Multi-Culturalism is like a mix of 10% crap and 90% ice cream. It improves the crap while completely ruining the ice cream.
    Making crap appear palatable is what multi-culturalism is all about.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      and what part are you? 10%?

      November 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Belinda

    Whites are just upset because they are now the minority.

    November 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      lower the age of consent to 13 like they have in mexico? What would hispanic leaders do differently?

      November 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        Is already 12 in Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia?

        November 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truthfully

        Roberto from Pittsburgh already lives in a ghetto... so his perspective is already 3rd world.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • kkk

        And let me guess, MONTROSS lives on wheels. yeap, he is a real reckneck....FUNNY stuff

        November 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      No we are upset because we have seen our state and country being ruined by illegal immigration. Whites are for LEGAL IMMIGRATION! We were not born into a 3rd world nation and we do not want to become one.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      That is totally racist. Unfortunately white people in the future will need these. We are already an unrepresented minority.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      And as an unfortunate side-effect of whites being the minorities in this country– there are FAR MORE people collecting state benefits than there are people contributing to them. Hispanics are the most frequent users of state benefits....by a margin so wide you need a gun to reach the other side.....

      November 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        check the numbers.. they are publish..

        November 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        I have, they are NOT PRETTY. Blacks and Hispanics occupy a very special niche in American society....

        November 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      I work with lots of white guys, and they are very nice people, of course they all are educated gentlemen. I have nothing bad to say about them but good things.
      In the other hand some of the whites in here are in another category, much lower standards..

      November 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        Because they are actually calling out you and your Latino brethren for dragging this country down? According to the last Census, latinos account for 6 out of every 7 illegal immigrants in this country. Last year, illegal immigrants costed this nation $27 billion in uninsured medical expenses, as well as $47 billion to educate anchor-babies and children of "displaced Hispanic nationals". Your folks account for an overwhelming majority of the violent crime in this country (nearly 66%), despite only accounting for a small minority of the overall population. VERDICT: Latinos as a whole, are a drain on society. Sorry to present you with uncomfortable facts....

        November 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • ugh

        riggghhttt....."free thinker"?....um...you do know that treaties like NAFTA are what screwed up American economy by moving businesses to Mexico so rich white guys could have more and more money. The reason so many immigrants are coming into the country is again the fault of u.s. economic policy taht turned many parts of Mexico in wastelands like Juarez. They get paid pennies down there but thats all that's available to them...have a little compassion...and educate yourself...

        oh and by the way...when the U.S. took the West from Mexico, white Americans went in and took land ILLEGALLY from rich Hispanics....so again lets not pretend that the rules of the game weren't fixed from the start.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        NAFTA is a small part of the problem. The $47 billion in education expenses for illegals last year did not help. To our defense budget, $47 billion is a drop in the bucket. For the flailing Americna ecucation system, $47 billion is a LOT of school districts that had to lay off teachers, use outdated textbooks, and scale back their curriculums. And since taking that land from Hispanics, we have done a much better job of cultivating it. Otherwise, they would have an immigration problem in Oregon and Washington. But as it stands the problem is in California.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dobie

        You cannot confuse the term "Hispanic" with "illegal". I agree that illegal immigration is a huge problem. I personally believe we should enforce the border, deny all benefits (except emergency medical care) to illegals, and fine the heck out of anyone that employs an illegal immigrant. However – there are Hispanic people who are in this country legally, many of whom are just as much an American as I am. These people are deserving of respect and help – just like any other American. You cannot blame them for the actions of illegals anymore than I can be blamed for the actions of idiots that happen to share my demographic.

        November 29, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Truthfully

        You sound bean stupid. Say it in pig latin if you are too dumb to say it properly in English. Sheesh! Case and point. Dumb as dumb can be!

        November 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Betty

    This is AMERICA not MEXICO reply in ENGLISH!!!!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      No I do not live in the stone age I live in CA which has been ruined by illegal immigration. Like I said my Mother immigrated here LEGALLY! Did you????

      November 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • c.lobato

      Betty , you are only mad because you can not read what Eva writes.Obviously you never left that country you sit in now. Idiot. Right on , all idiotic crap. All Mexicans, illegal or legal, that I know are the hardest working people I have ever met. They have a high standard on family values......So this is so very hypocritic to say they take over " our" jobs. Most jobs they work at , " Americans" do not want to even look at. And the money they get paid is a joke. I worked with Mexicans at farms and there was never a single American applying for those jobs . Ignorant Americans is what I am ashamed of.

      November 28, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Dolores

    Say, whinne, insult, and do all whatever you want to..Ha! welcome to reality, you will see, give it few years!

    November 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      So what does a hispanic need different than a white or black, will they give themselves tax-breaks, make non latinos sit at the back of the bus, require companies to hire latinos first, make everyone eat burritos, its about time they stand up and do something. what have they invented to make life better?

      November 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Lowell Neal

        montyross, 1.) google the list of those who have received the Medal of Honor. 2.) Make a list of all the Hispanics on that list. 3.) Follow that exact proceedure for each ethnic group, ie, ItalianAmericans, Irish-Americans, etc. and get back to me after you email your findings to People need To Wake Up.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • danashorts@yahoo.com

        @montyross-Anchor Babies

        November 29, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
      • ZysPsyk

        Italian American and Irish American fall under one category, just like how you lumped all hispanics into one. Sorry..attempt to shine a positive light on hispanics fail.

        November 29, 2011 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Jose

        Why do you wan to insult people? Show your views with respect!

        November 29, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob from Pittsburgh

      That is correct.. we continue with the plan.. educate our children and the future will be bright..

      November 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Betty

        Why should we have our tax dollars pay to educate your children in Spanish in America?
        Why are white kids in public schools in CA beaten up by the Latino kids at their school and told to "get out of their( the Latino kids) school"? While the Latino principal looks the other way.

        November 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Proud to be Legal

        Very well said, these latinos (illegal immigrants) are robbing this country blind. I am surprised how they are getting citizenship even when we know for sure they came to this country illegally??? Their kids get legal status, they get food stamps, healthcare and education – all free of cost. They don't pay a dime for tax because on papers they don't earn anything to get all the state benefits but in reality they have cash jobs and earn enough to suppor their family and extended family from mexico. They bring their family in this country one after the other and then get them citizenship too. It is amazing that i have to pay a copay of $50 to get my child to a dentist and they get it free!! Healthcare – I pay for each visit but they have it free – why because I am a responsible tax paying citizen, holding on to my job and not having kids that the state has to take care? It is because of these people that our schools are overcrowded, there is no money to feed our kids and get them a good teacher while these people and enjoying all the free benefits without paying a dime. We pay high property tax because we want good schools but who is actually enjoying these benefits???

        Enough, illegal is illegal and they should all be punished.

        November 29, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Pancho Villa

        Oh, wow! When did that program start? The Spanish must be very happy about it! Do you know where Spain is the world?
        Now, you are offending the Spanish for placing them in the same pot as Hispanics or Latinos. Google Spain and tell me if where Spain is in Latin America?

        November 29, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        I have ner ask for a dime to educate my Kid and he is an american as so is his mother..
        Jerk...

        November 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Truthfully

        But you are dumbing down our smart kids.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • gmj

      Dolores is right: you will see. As soon as Latinos have enough votes to control elections, this will not be the USA anymore. This will be Mexico 2. The illegals who are coming here and having babies do not love this country. They are here because Mexico is a hellhole. This is why they will not assimilate. Also, they are the least educated class in Mexico, which is why they can't survive there. When they come here, they and their children do not take well to education. But we are told that WE must teach them to lead. Just as WE pay for their maternity and child rearing costs, with tax money from middle-class US taxpayers.

      The Mexican middle and upper classes are not coming to the US. It is the poorest who are coming. And they are bringing the roots of their poverty with them, such as their astronomical birth rate. In a couple of generations, the US population will be 500 million. This is equivalent to adding dozens of cities the size of Los Angeles to our country. Is that what you want? At the moment, the citizens of this country are doing nothing to prevent this. And the David Gergens of the world are telling us that the battle for America is already over, and we have lost.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Betty

        You are totally right!
        What can we do???
        Our politicians are to busy trying to get Latino votes to care about what we want!

        November 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        First: Latino doesn’t mean Mexican just ask anybody from Cuba, or Chile, or any other country,
        Second: I know lots of highly educated Latinos, do you want us to leave?
        Third: most poor Mexicans come her because they find jobs.. If I was poor and I could get a job somewhere else and feed my family, I would do the same..
        Fourth: the USA is going down not because of illegal immigrants, but because of the fail educational, and health policies of your country.
        Fifth:. The drug problem in the USA is huge, the real cost effects are higher crime, lower productivity, and the added cost to the health care system.

        But now again, you will blame it on us anyway..,

        November 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • diana

        have you ever seen a map? not all hispanics are from mexico...

        November 28, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • gmj

        Bob, if I were king, the USA would be a meritocracy. People who contribute would be rewarded. But there would be different treatment for visitors and invaders. No nation rewards and subsidizes invaders, except for the US. When Hondurans and Guatemalans invade southern Mexico, they are brutalized by the Mexican police and thrown out. Only America is so paralyzed by political correctness and progressive self-demonization that we cannot lift a finger to defend our nation. Our children have been taught that America is to blame for all the world's problems. Try to find a patriotic young American. It is an obsolete concept to them. This is why Latinos will win. They are fighting a people with no spirit and no strength. Latinos have strong social cohesion; Americans have nothing except materialism. I am saddened by this, because the traditional European heritage of this country was full of great thoughts and achievements. Now we are told that it is garbage. Our European heritage will fade away, because there is nobody left to defend it.

        But I warn the US Latino middle class: if you allow Mexican illegal immigration to continue, and allow the anchor baby rule to remain in place, they will destroy your country and your future also, because they are not suited to live in a technological society, and they bring many bad habits with them across the border. The Latino middle class must learn to distinguish between those who contribute and those who will be a burden on society forever. It is your future that is at stake. It is one thing to allow laborers in temporarily; it is another thing to give them all the benefits of citizenship.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Proud to be Legal

        I did not know that the leaders become leaders with the help of others!!

        Help Latinos??? They bloody need help in everything.. Oh please let me live here even though I am blatantly breaking your law by crossing the border, oh help me raise my kid which I give birth to each year, oh help me with food, with health care, then help me learn english, then GIVE me citizenship... is there anything they can do on their own?????

        November 29, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Jose

        You might as well start running away now. The Big Burritos are coming!

        November 29, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  40. usa

    are we really talking about this. white and black americans are the ones that need help. stop picking fruit and get a real job then you can help yourself. really who cares.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  41. dina

    everyone (except the native americans) got here from somewhere in the last few centuries. if i rememebr well, spanish was spoken in the americas well before english. we are all part of this continent. if we all help each other to get ahead the better off we will all be. it is sad to read all this negative comments. we are all immigrants and our parents we allowed to live here.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Reggie

    Now all this name calling is just not necessary folks ! I see these guys working all the time . And I do mean working real hard ! I understand why most whites are acting this way ! They've been using this same old argument against Blacks ! I've seen this movie before . Try and understand that they are now mind you not all but a lot of them from the south and a few in Cali are just plain scared ! They won't have that privileged feel in this country . They'll try to deny it but when any animal gets afraid when things don't go there way !

    November 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      Yea you see them work.
      They do not have a drivers license to drive to work with. They do not pay taxes because they are here illegally and they have ruined the healthcare systems and school systems in CA and other states. What about helping the real minority now?
      Middle class white people.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Betty

        My Mother emigrated to this country legally and did not get a dime from the state ever!!!!!!!!!!

        November 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Betty

        Sorry I am not ignorant I have a degree do you???

        November 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        You are looking for fall guy..

        Remember Katrina, do you remember the insurance companies denying payment to people who had religiously paid their insurance premiums for years to find out the insurance companies took their money and never honor the contracts.
        The same companies want to manage your health care..

        Very smart of you, right?

        But you can blame it on us..!!!

        You have the highest consumption of illegal drugs right here in the old USA, 90% of the world production is consume right here, and you wonder about those bad Mexican Cartels..

        All the drug cartels clients are here in the USA..

        But is easy just to blame it on us..

        Go ahead,, is our fault you are stupid…!!!

        November 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob from Pittsburgh

        Betty: your luck of knowledge is unbelievable, please read some reputable economy papers in relation to the effects of immigration on a society.
        You say you have a degree, is that a five year university degree?, or jus a fly by night community college two year program?
        If you are serious about the subject, then educate yourself and don’t spew a diarrhea of nonsense..
        Sorry to be blunt..

        November 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pancho Villa

        Betty, do you really need an answer? Here it is. Get involved...run for office. It works. Look at Obama; he organized his community in Chicago. It worked for him. It can work for you too. Be a leader not a follower. It works. Don't be afraid, Betty.

        November 29, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  43. cacique

    Mr. Gergen, there s poverty among us Hispanics, but for some reason we don't feel it is keeping us forever grounded. You will see us taking positions of more importance and leadership as time elapses. As it is I notice more and more Hispanics owning businesses, many others becoming professionals and getting into politics or positions of popular election.
    Historically, many people are afraid of us and see us as a threat. For a sample just read the posts collected by your column. There is an enormous bias against the Hispanic population and a stereotype that falsely generalizes our people.
    We are aware of this and know for sure that many individuals with a very narrow mind and almost inexistent thinking voice their bigotry loud and clear to convince others of their fears.

    The time will come when our political power will be total and we will exersize it to elect our own to important political positions. In the mean time, we need to educate ourselves and gain a whole view of what is important and vital to our country so that we forward the American way of life.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BH

      Then you will turn it all into another Mexico.....that's what everyone fears.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      So you seem to be implying that hispanics will one day vote only for hispanics without regard for economic or social agenda?

      November 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      Yeah so you can ruin this and make it run by drug lords like Mexico?

      November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • jcmangos

        betty, its just better if you stay quiet so we can only assume your ignorance instead of opening it and confirming it. give me a break, please.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pancho Villa

        Betty, tell your friends to stop buying the good stuff from the Zetas and that will fix the problem for us here in the great USA. You also need to quit; that stuff is not good for your health! It is already affecting you; I can see it in your writing.

        November 29, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Arnold

        Hey, take it easy on Betty, she's having a rough day ..

        November 29, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Pancho Villa

        Thank you Arnold! I think you are correct!

        November 29, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthfully

      We will be nothing but 3rd world garbage, just like each and other Latin nation has proven themselves to be. Our doomed American melting pot reeks like a can of rotten, stinking beannie weinnies.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • jcmangos

        sir, if i recall two of those trash countries as you call them gave a nice amount of stimulus money to our american goverment 3 years ago. brazil and argientina. and venezuela and mexico export a huge amount of petroleum here. as well as Mexico ,like it or not is the united states 2nd biggest export/import partner. its the U.S's second biggest customer. i'm not from there but the facts are the facts.

        November 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  44. People Need to Wake Up

    Take it from someone who was raised in a Latin country....You do not want those people here.

    But it is okay, the bleeding hearts love diversity – but their LATIN diversity, sc re w everyone else outside of the countries South of the Border –

    America is slowly turning into a 3rd World Country. Maybe some of you should take a drive thru East LA.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      You are so right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Help Drug Cartels to Leave

    Help White & BLACK people to succeed against the TIDAL WAVE OF MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS ENTERING THE COUNTRY.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. JD

    It's absurd to expect such prominent representation of Hispanics at the top when the population is growing rapidly and all the growth is happening among people we know are at the bottom of the skill/education/economic ladder. It's similarly absurd to allow an absurd expectation to drive absurd social programs aimed at correcting absurdly perceived injustices.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. gGeorge stark

    yeah, GAG me CNN when you dont like what I have to say. PROTECT YOUR AGENDA CNN

    November 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  48. gGeorge stark

    lol...WAY TO GO CNN, YOU ARE THE ENEMY

    November 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  49. PG

    Overpopulation is not their concern. Anchoring citizenship is their concern. Who picks up the bill for all their "anchoring"? Help them lead? Enough nonsense!

    November 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      They've been "anchored" in the Southwest US since before the respective statehoods.

      November 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      Good for you. Unfortunately you are not the norm. The norm is an illegal with an anchor child that drains our society with their entire family.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthfully

      But you are still obviously just another laraza bigot.

      November 28, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Joe

    Since I have been paying for them for decades they have had enough help from me. They are the number one group that refuses to do anything but take and whine and demand nonstop.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PG

      Really? Real men? What's the barometer for that? Number of kids you can have your concubine pop out? Driving while drunk not to mention driving without a license or insurance? Eating a lot of food? What exactly makes you "real men"? BTW...it's kind of racist you would assume that either Joe or myself are white. Careful, REAL MAN!

      November 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • gGeorge stark

      Lol, where are they? In school...NOPE Working? HA!!! NOPE...sitting on their fat asses collecting welfare, having babies? Yep!!! The only "latinots" ive ever considered to be men served beside me in Iraq...

      November 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • usa

        right !!!!!!!! speak the truth !!!!!!!

        November 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gGeorge stark

      Amen

      November 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. M-man

    Why would the government be required to provide any out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for Mexicans? I remember when I moved to the San Francisco area. Many of my coworkers were Chinese. Their parents came from China dirt poor. They worked hard to put one child through school and made sure they studied. Slowly but surely, the whole family was well educated, went to the best schools and got the best jobs. All from their own initiative and hard work, not government handouts.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Same with many Vietnamese families. They all worked hard, asked for nothing from the government or the taxpayer and succeeded by having a strong work ethic and a a love of America and it's opportunities. So let the Hispanics rise or fall on their own merit and quit pandering to them just because the Democrats need potential voters.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • macbaldy

      This is about "latinos", multigenerational American citizens whose ancestry includes Latin America, not only Mexico.

      November 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yoda0000

      Asians are a forgotten people. Since they are self-reliant, they make for poor news stories. Can't sell them.

      November 29, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Wong Kong

        Yea, that's right man. I need help with my chick'n Fry

        November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  52. jj

    If they want to be educated so they can help lead, they will have to put a priority on learning English, like all other successful ethnicities. If they want to continue as drop-outs, they can continue speaking Spanish and being undereducated and underemployed.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Couldn't Take this Seriously

    If you have to "help" someone lead, they probably aren't cut out to. And, frankly, the Latino population is completely at fault for their own condition. Many are here illegally, which hurts in and of itself where opportunities are concerned (and rightly so) and then they continue to breed themselves into perpetual poverty, which again hurts their opportunities. If Latinos discovered legal immigration and birth control they'd be a lot better off.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  54. BobbaFett

    Strange, I never remember the Irish ever being pandered to when they were set to be a large part of the American population. But I suppose it's because they didn't need help a) Finding their own bootstraps, and b) pulling.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      I agree. Why should Latinos have everything handed to them on a silver platter when all the other previous minorities who emigrated to America had to do it by good old fashioned hard work.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • c.lobato

        Once again Betty, most of them work very hard and so what if they have children...........Give us your tired and weak......and we will make 'em strong .......right. I hope your christmas is a blessed one.......and I hope you enjoy it with your family. Get educated before you open your mouth. How many " illegals" do you actually know ?? Just all hear say for you , isn't it ?

        November 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        Because the left wing demands political correctness at the expense of common sense....we have a group of people that account for 6 out of every 7 illegal immigrants in this country, an overwhelming majority of the crime, and the collection of state benefits funded by the taxpayers. And thanks the left wing– we cannot even cite those statistics without being labelled a "racist", much less do anything to resolve the problem.....

        November 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. flarnkingsgargle

    I lead Latinos at my workplace! They do good work too.

    November 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Mark B.

    David, this is this kind of nonsense that has put under-achieving, wanna-be leaders in high places who know little or nothing of the responsibilities of leadership. Are you hearing me Mr. President? How about we go back to the good ol' best person for the job widom that guided humanity for thousands of tears before the progressive movement. Every time we start "engineering" leadsership, we devalue its purity and reason.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Dale N.M.

    And this amnesty issue for every one illegal in the United States they are magnets for 10 or more relatives to come live with them and have more anchor babies get rid of the 14th amendment it causes nothing but problems.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Andrea

    If latinos are the leading population within this nation, I found it completely and utterly unethical that they have the highest drop out rate. With that the amount of seats held within major companies is detrimental. Who's fault is this though? Partly we could blame on the family, or society perhaps. Yet, how could one put such blame on the families if they for one know anything else, but poverty. Leaving society to be for blame, yet only because the education provided to these impoverished neighborhoods does not provide the same education as those to the wealthy societies. How is it that we believe that these children can rise from the bottom if society has been assembled to keep them down. Why is that all children regardless of their background and class are not allowed the same education? If we are all one nation and want to be known as Americans then we should start acting like it. Not put each individual race down yet instead embrace the diversity and help one another, in order for America to prosper.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Amen

      November 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wong Kong

        Merry Christmas, Leo! You know it!

        November 29, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      “Who's fault is this though? Partly we could blame on the family, or society perhaps”
      ……That is called culture and yes you can blame the culture. Self responsibility ..learn it.

      “How is it that we believe that these children can rise from the bottom if society has been assembled to keep them down”
      …..It has been done over and over again in this country and throughout history itself. Also I’d like to see your evidence on this assembled society of oppression you speak of. In fact last I check Affirmative action would prove otherwise.

      “If we are all one nation and want to be known as Americans”
      …..The stop calling yourselves Latin- American, African-American and so on.

      In short all you have are excuses for bad behavior.

      November 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. todd little

    It is sad to know our government is Catering to the hispanic.

    November 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Sy2502

    The best way Latinos can help themselves is to start recognizing that laws are important and should be respected. Like... immigration laws...

    November 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dale N.M.

    Taken from the article and my reply is attached.
    “According to a recent report from Pew Hispanic Center, there are now more Latino children living in poverty – 6.1 million – than any other racial or ethnic group”.
    A lot of these children are anchor babies or children of anchor babies, a vicious circle has been created the illegal parent comes over to United States, and have as many children as they can four or five or more with U.S. birth certificates and these kids grow up in part pretty because of their parents another part of this vicious cycle. “So blame the 14th amendment for this property” it’s being gamed and taking advantage of. And these anchor baby kids have a lot of kids when they get older teaching their kids the same thing “you have brown skin do not like the white people” adding to the problem.

    “The education gap between whites and Hispanics at grades eight and 12 has persisted at roughly the same level since 1994, while the Hispanic dropout rate – 17.6% – remains nearly twice as large as that 9.3% rate of black students and more than three times the 5.2% rate of white students”.
    This education gap is psychological the kids feel out of place; the illegal parents do not like the white people and they’re going to white people school, these kids speak English and understand English but they are confused because of what their illegal parents are telling them and what the school teachers are telling them it’s a tug-of-war and the kids are the rope. So the kids drop out of school and get even more frustrated because they have brown skin and their parents are illegal. And they have really bad influence gang members that are carbon copies of themselves. And the vicious cycle continues.

    So the writer of this article really does not understand just writing for ratings $$$.

    November 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cw

      I assume you have sources to back up your ridiculous claims?

      November 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam

        If you had stayed in school, perhaps you would have been educated about the History of this country, and those who migrated here. Obviously you need everything spelled out for you...nut, there are those who deny the truth and enjoy living in ignorance. Have fun, you obviously are!

        November 28, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Arpaio

    The majority of hispanics live within a couple of hours of their country of orgin. Go home already..

    November 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Derrick

    I appreciate the article in regards to leadership. But lets look at the underline here. We know from jump street that if you reprodoce at a rapid rate and get government backing for your lifestyle why not catter to those that consider themselves different from the average AMERICAN. Why do we have to seperate groups in a manner that is not at all appreciated. Do you think by one organization is better than the next because of Ethnic background? How about writing an article reflecting leadership only and leaving out the racial barriers here? Why must we lable what Americans do as Latino or any other populous? Do you Think Benjerman franklin said I think we need more English citizens to step it up??? NO it was claimed AMERICA? Not Democracy but Republic? One who claims they are other than AMERICAN are not AMERICAN at all Thomas Jefferson....

    November 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  64. usa

    who really cares !!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • DeeNYC

      I .... nah.. i don't care either.

      November 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alex

        You cared, That is why you commented on this article.

        November 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty

      If you lived in CA you would care.

      November 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      You should care USA, this country is literally being infiltrated from the south. Even though it's by peaceful means, it is still happening. Nothing against anyone, but in less than 50 years, you won't be able to go to most southern cities without being able to speak spanish. Most latinos are laughing their butts off knowing this, and our government just keeping the doors open for further ruin. If I was latino, I would be LOVING IT!

      November 29, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |