Luis Cazares wrote:
My 2 cents as a White male but also as a Mexican in USA.
Thanks for the thoughts Luis.
I appreciate that the US seems more segregated than other places. I think we tend to have more heterogeneous mixing than many other places. I've never lived or traveled much in Central/South America, but my limited time in Mexico seemed more homogeneous than the US. I know there are lots of cultures there, and people from many places, but they seem to mostly be or some Latin origin. Probably my ignorance and lack of observation.
LatinX is more a US term to include all people from that region, and it doesn't make a lot of sense to me, either. I'm not sure what to think of it, but finding a way to include a large group makes sense to me. I think Latin is fine, as Asian includes people from Japan to Malaysia, but I may be missing something.
I do think this conference may be trying to include another group with the black demographic, and I do agree that only having one apparently Latin speaker makes that seem like a marketing rather than a social move. Maybe they're trying to grow? I'm willing to accept their imperfection in the pursuit of helping others grow.
I do think we need these groups, conferences, meetings, discussions, etc. Many people see the world from their perspective, which is inherently limited. They don't see the struggle or challenges. Plenty of us that post here have had success. We can't others see the same possibilities? Why don't they write/speak or improve their own careers?
My view is that role models and encouragement are needed. While I might think I did a lot of this on my own, as I examine my past, I see that I had lots of support from others. I had opportunities come my way. I had luck. I had someone believe in my or give me a chance. I also worked hard, but that wasn't the only factor
I regularly try to encourage others to write or speak publicly, or even inside an organization to improve their career. There's a bit of a leap of faith for someone to take that step. They do need to not only see others do it, but also get the encouragement to believe in themselves. I see this in kids as well, and I realize that there is a balance to pushing, encouraging, supporting failure, and teaching someone to become strong an independent.
To me, these groups provide some of that parenting support that groups have lacked. I think the historical way that majority groups have limited opportunity for minority groups requires this support for lots of people to succeed. Any individual can succeed as an outlier. To life all the boats, lots of women need to provide a role model for lots of others. Lots of blacks need to provide a role model for lots of blacks. Lots of Latin people need to succeed to provide the role model for lots of Latin people, etc.
Mostly I just want to see more people encouraging others.