La Bloga-istas don't always agree 100% on things. "I think the same, I act the same, I feel the same" don't apply to us. For instance, Ramos's "Latino Crime Spree" (5/18) http://labloga.blogspot.com/2005/05/latino-crime-spree.html
In his piece Ramos stated, "I was going to write an essay entitled What's Really Changed? but decided that was a step backward."
I say you should have written it, Ramos, because we have definitely changed--chingos. Es cierto que you might have to also say that They seem not to have changed; in fact some of Them have reverted. But then, we've been here before; it was called the fifties. We survived that--actually we began to rise then--and we'll survive this.
I'd agree with part of what Ramos meant--not everybody changed for the better. Where our parents were staunch Democrats, now we've got too many card-carrying Republican Hispanics running around, paving the way for fascism, limited nuclear war or global destruction in several forms.
At the same time, many of us know shitloads more than our parents did. We know enough to conscientiously raise, guide our kids and grandkids to becoming more politically, intellectually sophisticated than we were at their age. I see examples all around in the Children of the Chicano Movement. They aren't creating the mass demonstrations of the 60s and 70s, yet, but even that might show up. Back then, it began with the high schools; it may again.
"Hate-mongers and racists have come out in force recently here in Denver...," Ramos points out. True, but I don't worry so much about racists as I do about the fascists and war-mongers. Or the fact that they go hand-in-hand.
"There are days I get depressed as hell." I myself feel too old to get depressed; pissed off makes me feel better, anyway.
Also Ramos mentioned the "high school yearbook [that] has some Spanish (and English)--in a school that is 87% Hispanic." Actually, the kids there are mostly mexicano youth, turning into Chicano youth, though they may not like or use that term. They are a new phenomenon. New too in the sense that their numbers will overwhelm the Chicano population, transforming us as well.
One case in point. Back in the Chicano Movement days, despite all the "reclaiming our culture" business, I used the Spanish I knew and left it at that. Thirty-five years later, I find myself deliberately studying to improve and trying to learn to write in Spanish, in response to the increasing numbers of mexicanos in Denver. Who would have thought?
I don't think we know yet what this phenomenon will turn out like; it might be too early to guess. I don't have to hope they'll all grow up to be Che's. I just have to try to help them become doctors like Che, critical thinkers like Che, as intolerant of oppression, as educated as him, or us.
Like high school senior Jesus Dorado (editor of the yearbook Ramos mentioned) said, "The majority of our peers in school are Hispanic, Spanish-speaking. I know we have to adapt to the place we are in, but, like it or not, the Hispanic community is growing."
"Like it or not." I do like that. I like the possibilities that may surprise me, even though in the short run, things may look depressing, like "a step backward". Not all of Them, even, reverted to the 50s' mentality. And a lot of the Us are creating new directions. It won't be the same old same-old.