Page 11 - Latino Boom II

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Introduct ion
In spite of all the talk about the rise of the BRIC countries (Brazil,
Russia, India, China), in his book
The Next 100 Years: The Forecast
for the 21st Century,
historian George Friedman contends that Amer-
ica will continue to be the dominant superpower of this relatively new
century. America’s greatness is not only based on its military and eco-
nomic supremacy around the globe, according to Friedman, America
will continue to be powerful because of its people and the strength
of our democracy. Of course, at the heart of this great country is the
indomitable spirit of its citizens who came here looking for life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness. Let’s not forget that since its very begin-
ning, this country has been built on the strength of immigrants. For the
past nearly 230 years, the people who have come here from all over the
world searching for their American Dream have made America stronger
and better. No country is more diverse than the USA, and nowhere is
this more visible than during the Olympics. In the parade of nations,
the athletes wearing red, white, and blue uniforms are a manifestation
of who we are: a truly multicultural America.
The multiculturalism that is celebrated in the sports arena has not
yet permeated the political or business worlds of America. On the
contrary, over the past decade the political rhetoric has taken on an
extremely divisive tone. We talk about our country in terms of red states
and blue states, and at heart of this clash are two demographic trends
that experts say will reshape the America of the twenty-first century:
on the one hand, you have an increasingly young and diverse popula-
tion (in large part fueled by the Latino Baby Boom) in which minorities
will soon make up a majority of the country; and on the other hand,