I have always wondered why the mexican government hasn’t really taken advantage of the bilingual population that it has alongt its 3000 kilometer long border con los gabachos. I mean it’s an increible asset right? people who actually understand bilateral communication, but no, few, like counted in the fingers of a hand, can say they actually work as they wish or could to their utmost potential for the mexican government. The fact is that ideology still permeates to the hilt the relation between the native of the Baja or for that matter entire 3000 border population and the centrist macho I am mexican at all costs burocratic employee in Los Pinos.
Such is the case as well in the US of A.
It seems as though that the English love affair with China and India has more than seeped into the anglo gene, I mean, you’d think that América Latina would stand in priority A one list over at the Washington offices, but no, last if not the very end of a reminder thought like a comets tail it is seen that América Latina is here, on our backyard or should I say home?
As far as Xican@s are concerned the matter is far more important than matters should suggest.
Ten years have now gone since The Tomás Rivera Foundation sponsored by the Stanley Foundation in collaboration with The Tomás Rivera Center gave out a little pamphlet called Latinos, Global Change, and American Foreign Policy Report of a New American Global Dialogue Conference October 7 – 9, 1994.
I have always reckoned that the ‘new’ in that sentence has always meant the introduction of Mexicans into the close-knit circles of the anglo Washingtonean spheres.
Here are some ideas that the little pamphlet highlighted for the reader:
”…to promote an exchange of ideas … about the current and future role of Latinos in US foreign relations”
”…because of this new environment, Latinos may increase their influence over the direction of American global activities.”
”…regional and group agendas have come to the forefront to displace the national perspective of the past.”
”…many Latinos are already substantially involved in the foreign relations process”
“One of the more daunting challenges for Latinos is making explicit the common interests that may unify them.”
“The chances for unification are better as Latinos understand that their domestic converns are directly linked to global issues.”
“Latinos are uniquely suited and situated to link the United States to emerging Latin American markets.
That was then, the matter is that things remain more or less the same. Latinos are still seen as nothing but canon fodder either for the war machine that Washington greases its power like a liftweighter might with steroids or as a little gimmick to the rest of the world that the US of A takes into account all of its race sectors in its now in serious doubt democratic society; in which case we are but the less for it and far away from the 15 minutes Warhol stated everyone has a right to.