Hispanics represent more than half of the population growth in the United States according to Census.gov. The United States Census Bureau has recently announced that 1 out of 6 habitants are Hispanic. Being part of this statistic makes me proud to know more and more Hispanics are chasing the “American Dream”.
I came to this land as a child, and growing up a minority made me realize the importance of my unique heritage.
The recent census has also concluded that approximately 1 out of 4 kids in the nation are Hispanic. If it is true what our president says: that these children are our future, my siblings, cousins and nieces, currently attending elementary school, all become part of that foreshadowed future.
Arkansas has been affected by this growth also.
I arrived in Springdale in 2002 from Mexico City when Hispanics were still a developing minority in Northwest Arkansas. Fastfoward to 2010, and Springdale’s Hispanic population had increased by 52.4 percent according to holaarkansas.com.
I remember going up to a Native American girl telling her “hola,” thinking she spoke my language just because she looked like me: dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair. She freaked out and ran away screaming words I knew weren’t in Spanish.
According to the 2010 census, the Hispanic population as a whole in Arkansas grew from 3.2 percent in 2000 to 6.4 percent or 186,050 people in 2010. It is more common now to find Spanish-speaking children in our schools.
So what does this all mean?
It means that Hispanics are the nation’s fastest growing minority.
I’ve personally seen the effects of more of “my” people populating this area. Hispanic culture and traditions are more prevalent throughout the country. A vast majority of Latino restaurants are open, and more bilingual employees are hired.
I recently read in a Spanish newspaper that it is expected in the next decade or two for minorities to make up more than half of the population of the United States.
Both of my parents can barely speak English, nevertheless, they can’t even read nor write it. Though, my little brother of age 5 can barely speak a whole sentence fluently in Spanish.
These statistics are just a demostration of our future. After all, this nation was founded by immigrants. And I’m proud to be a part of this growing nation where diversity is becoming the norm.