5/13/2011 by Susana Schultz
The Hispanic population accounts for 56% of the U.S. population growth over the last ten years. According to the 2010 census, 1 in 6 Americans is Hispanic. That is 50 million people! How many illegal aliens are not included in that count? How many were not counted by the census? The real number could be in the 60+ million range. We cannot continue to ignore these numbers.
The census also told us that more than 9 million Americans checked two or more race categories. The racial mix of this country is being redefined and we have become a nation of minorities.
A lot of people think that Hispanics are only taking the lowest paying jobs and that they are very uneducated. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Although some might have low-paying jobs, and some might not have high school diplomas, all of them are consumers, most of them are employees, users, vendors; a lot of them are small business owners; many are Fortune 500 CEOs; and some are Governors, Representatives, Senators, Supreme Court Justice, Armed Forces Officers, just to name a few categories.
Here are some facts to ponder about the contributions of Hispanics over the years, and hopefully influence your thinking:
1. Eight Hispanics have served as Senators since 1928. Two are currently serving today.
2. Forty-nine Hispanics have served as Representatives in the House since 1877. Twenty-four are currently serving today.
3. Twenty-eight Hispanics have served as non-voting House Delegates since 1822. One of them is currently serving today.
4. One Hispanic is a Supreme Court Justice.
5. Eight Hispanics have served as Governors. Two are currently serving today.
6. Seven Hispanics are currently CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.
7. Three Hispanics received the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War.
8. Thirteen Hispanics received the Medal of Honor during World War II.
9. Eight Hispanics received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War.
10. Sixteen Hispanics received the Medal of Honor during the Viet Nam War.
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