Mr Medina looks at the contributions of Hispanics to the US. I wish someone would write about the negative influence of the US on Latin America.
From One Peter Five
By Luis Medina
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. And necessity has made us allies. Those whom nature hath so joined together, let no man put asunder.
–John F Kennedy, May 1961
Almost two decades ago then Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington published “The Hispanic Challenge” on Foreign Policy Magazine. In it Dr. Huntington highlights what he perceived as the threat that Hispanic migration represented for the unity of America and the erosion of the historic Anglo-Protestant values that shaped this nation. Some of the main areas of concern were Hispanics’ lack of assimilation to the American culture, bilingualism as a cause of division and confusion, difference in religion, among other things. After almost twenty years and lots of migration (both legal and illegal) we can assess if Hispanic values are tied to American values. Do they cooperate or fight against each other? Have Hispanics brought the calamity that Dr. Huntington forecasted, or have Hispanics blended in the cultural fabric of our nation? Let’s start at the beginning by seeing if first of all America is exclusively an Anglo-Protestant nation. If our origins and values derived solely from it or if there was any Catholic and Hispanic input in the weaving of what would become America. Are they any Hispanic roots and values at the birth of this country that would tie us together?