Those are the figures that say about 30 percent of the nation will be Latino by 2050. It’s probably true. The population growth is staggering.
THE REAL KEY is to comprehending just how “Latino” will be perceived by that time.
The Slate.com website published an interesting commentary recently about the difference between “Hispanic” and “white.”
Personally, I’m inclined to think there will be enough intermarriage by then that the reality will be so many people with at least a trace of ethnic origins tying them to a Latin American country.
Being Latino will probably become just another part of the ethnic mish-mash that already is our nation. So many people will be able to claim to be “Latino” that I wonder how many will actually claim it as a distinct identity?
PERHAPS THAT IS the reason some people get so worked up these days whenever immigration comes up. They won’t be able to tell whom to hate, if they don’t do something know to prevent this trend from continuing.
And if they’re not careful, they’ll wind up being the crazy uncle who says stupid things all the time because one of my ethnic brethren will have wound up marrying his sister.
Then again, I don’t know of a Latino family that doesn’t have a tio loco somewhere in the family tree. So perhaps it is just an inevitable match!