New Title Proposed for those of Hispanic Heritage: Hispanic-Latino
State Representative Richard Peña Raymond speaks to us about a proposal he is taking to the capitol in a couple of months.
The proposal aims to eliminate denominations such as Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano and identify all those of Hispanic descendents as Hispanic-Latinos.
Our reporter Carolina Garcia has that story.
Armando Garcia says he is Hispanic because he was born in the U.S.
if you've ever filled out a survey asking for your ethnicity you may be among the thousands that for a second stop and wonder what box the should select Hispanic, Latino, Chicano perhaps Mexican American or even all of the above.
State Representative Richard Pena Raymond says it is time to put a stop to that uncertainty and identify all those ethnicities as Hispanic-Latino
The State Representative says, "And we're all American but within that we recognize African American. and they are united. We're all over the place."
Raymond believes that identifying all 53 million Hispanics as Hispanic-Latinos will bring bring more power to the community.
"We have to become one as a community. The only way we're gonna have more political power and more political influence, more economic influence, more stature in this country, more status in this country", said Raymond.
Some Laredoans are expressing discomfort towards this proposal saying it takes away their identity and heritage.
But the State Representative thinks it is crucial for the Hispanic Latino community to unite.
Referring to the proposed Arizona Law he says the there Hispanics are being attacked.
He said he is sure that if the supreme court up holds the Arizona Bill you're gonna start seeing city councils around the country looking for more similar laws and expressed his disagreement towards that.
The proposal will be presented in Austin in November. If approved, soon all those of Hispanic-Latino heritage will be under one name.
"And so my thought is that what we do if we can put those thoughts together and make it one Hispanic-Latino I think it's a step to begin to unify our community."
Carolina Garcia Pro8news.