by Rafin R. Mena


    North America Sociological Transformation

    It is the opinion of various learned political analysts, that North America is going through an unprecedented deep sociological transformation; not only in its traditional moral and social mores, but politically as well. Not long ago, as closed to 30 years back, and that's just one generation, it was unthinkable or remotely accepted, the sexual practices so common today of gay rights and same sex marriages. Abortion and divorce, was considered somewhat a taboo topic, and people where skeptical about its propriety. Children then, were raised differently than in most cases today, and parents saw their responsibilities by far, more rigorously and the application of discipline, a lot more strict as well.

    Hispanic AmericaAnd in this respect, almost the same can be said about teacher's involvement with children; when no matter what, was respected and upheld by parents. However, the past three decades have seen a dramatic change in these contemplations; partly due to liberalization of laws and court's ruling thereof, and partly due to the fragmentation of the family and home; due mostly to extremely high rate of divorce, and lastly, women entering the workplace in record numbers. The result has been in many ways, mostly negative and harmful to society, and its true consequences are still to be fully seen. Just one case in point: young boys-so far there has been no girls involved-randomly and for no apparent reason, shooting and killing many of their peers in their schools. It has reached plague proportions, and there hasn't been lately, a single month, that we are not informed about one of these new massacres. What's happening? Everybody perplexed, is asking the same question; but for this presentation's purposes, sufficient is to say, that it is sadly, part of this sociological transformation and deterioration that's surrounding us.

    Is this happening in countries to the South? Partly yes, and partly not. Hispanic cultures differ in many ways from their Anglo counterpart. For one, the vision that Latinos have as to family life, including sex, children, their discipline, marriage, divorce and so forth, is vastly dissimilar. This is not to say that there is no social deterioration in our countries, like alarming criminal rates for one; but this is due to completely different factors, from those found to the North. Drug is in my opinion, the most related one, and is common to both sides. And secondly, morals standards are by far more "relaxed" in the Anglo culture that it is down South.

    There is nevertheless, something most often present in Hispanic culture; not found generally up North, which in the opinion of sociologists, have profound implications in the transformation, evolution for good or worst, of modern society; and it is: that even when both parents are out working, there is always somebody left at home, like grandparents, waiting and overseeing children when back from schools. The other thing is that in Latin-America, due to economics, children spent if any, a lot less time affixed to a TV set or gaming stations; thus are less exposed to the violence so prevalent in these electronic games and Television programs; not to mention the egocentric effect this has in the mind of young boys. The underlying result is apparently, no school's shootings by young boys in Latin-America's schools, or why in all of these cases in the United States, none of their perpetrators are Latinos. It is also the possible reason, why crimes-contrary to general perception-- are ¾ bigger among black, white and other race Americans, than Hispanics. This is so, even when Latinos are bunched up together regardless of their ethnicity. Not everybody who speaks Spanish belongs to the same race. Most Native Americans from the West, South and Central America, are Spanish speaking, yet they differ racially from other Hispanics. If this would have been taken in consideration by the institutions tabulating crime as aforesaid, the percentage of true Hispanics involved in crime would have shown far less.

    Interestingly Latinos and all Spanish speaking people, are increasing by far more, than other group in the United States. In the West States, especially California, Arizona and New Mexico and it goes without saying, that long before the Anglos got there, they had a flourishing society where the Hispanic culture was predominant. Its population is not only rising, but it's bigger by far, than any other group. Furthermore, crime rate there has always been lower than in those States with small or insignificant Hispanic populations.

    In other States far to the East, like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, Florida, Rhode Island, and even Chicago and New York as a cities, with very high concentration of Hispanics, have shown lower crime rates that most other cities or States.

    We could surmise then, that Hispanic Latino's culture is less incline to change as fast as the Anglo counterpart for one, and that it is less prone to produce these aberrations that we are seeing lately, with these very young boys, for no reason at all, entering a school, and start shooting everyone in sight. In general, even when Latinos tend to be hotheaded, they equally are less inclined to violent crime. At least, this is what statistics are showing. I believe that Latino temperaments help them to dissipate tensions which when suppressed otherwise, many times explode with uncontrollable anger. Uncontrollable anger is the seed of crime.

    Contrary to some political discourse, the Latino population in the United States is definitely not a negative factor as their leaders purport and say, and very well could be in the short and long run, a stabilizing force to heal many of these sociological wounds prevalent in the past years in North America. Some of Latino's characteristics, specially family wise, should be studied by those in charged with influencing society; to be stressed in their recommendations for a deep change of North Americas social future.

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    During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

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    Washington, D.C., April 17, 2019 - The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.” The theme invites us to reflect on Hispanic American’s service and contributions to the history of our Nation.

    Hispanic Heritage Month Orange 2019 ThemeThe announcement was made during the Council’s April monthly meeting. NCHEPM members, associates, and partners from various federal agencies and affinity groups, including the general public, selected the theme through a voting process, which started in March 2019 with 12 theme submissions.

    Veronica Vasquez, President of National Image Inc., submitted the winning theme, stating “Hispanic American have recently been subjective to attacks on our loyalty, it is now time to remind people of the many contributions of Hispanics to the history of our Nation. Hispanics have served and continue to serve our Nation with honor and valor in all aspects in the formation of our country. Our contributions are numerous."
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    Hispanic serve as Civil Rights leaders, politicians, military, educators, first responders, science pioneers, and public servants, etc. Individuals who have contributed to the History of our Nation include:

    Hilda Solis - Department of Labor former Secretary
    Sonia Sotomayor - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    Julian Castro - Housing and Urban Development former Secretary
    Jorge Ramos–News anchor and winner of eight Emmy Awards.
    Sylvia Mendez - Paved the way for school desegregation in the US perquisite to Brown vs. Education
    Felix Longoria and Hector P. Garcia - Helped bring recognition to Hispanic World War II Veterans and founded the American G.I. Forum
    Ruben Salazar - Journalist
    Roberto Clemente – Baseball trailblazer
    Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta - Co-founders of the United Farm Workers Union
    Lauro Cavazos - US Secretary of Education from August 1988 to December 1990
    Nydia Velazquez - First Puerto Rican elected to Congress
    Rodolfo Gonzalez – Poet and champion of the Chicano movement
    Ellen Ochoa – First Hispanic to leave Earth’s atmosphere
    Franklin Chang - Díaz–Astronaut
    Richard E. Cavazos - First Hispanic Four-Star General
    Albert Baez - Co-inventor the X-ray microscope
    Master Sergeant Raul Perez "Roy" Benavidez – Medal of Honor recipient
    Alfred Velazquez Rascon – Medal of Honor recipient and the 10th director of the Selective Service System
    Luis Muñoz Marín - First Democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico
    Herman Badillo - U.S. Congressman
    Joan Baez - Folk Singer and Activist
    Dr. Severo Ochoa – Doctor and biochemist - Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959 for synthesizing RNA (ribonucleic acid)
    Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa - Neurosurgeon, Author, Researcher, and Chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic
    Oscar de la Hoya – Boxing champion
    Fernando Vargas – U.S. Olympian and boxing champion

    Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean , Central America , and South America.

    The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

    The NCHEPM is a membership-based organization consisting of an executive board, members, associates, and partners from multiple Federal agencies and other organizations from across the United States, advocating for the improvement of Hispanic participation inthe Federal Government.

    For more information about the Council, please visit

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