What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?

What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?

What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?

What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?

A uniting factor among Latinos is actually, quite simply, race.  The mixture of Spanish and Native blood back in colonial days gave birth to a new race of peoples, which is celebrated today as “Dia de La Raza” or Day of the Race.  Almost all Latinos have this in common, except for native tribes that remained untouched by colonialism.Another uniting factor would be the common discrimination they encounter in the United States.  They have very little elected political power, and their population (although it is now spreading across the country in a more diverse pattern) lives in some concentrated areas in the southwestern and western United States.Latinos are divided by history too.  Tejanos – Latinos from Texas, have a different culture and are very proud of their unique position in the Latino world, and don’t generally like to be lumped in with the whole Latino population.  The same is true for Spanish descendants that still live in enclaves in New Mexico and Texas. Lastly, first, second and third generation immigrants find themselves in a cultural struggle, as each group is at a different stage of assimilation into American English culture.  There is tension between Latinos who do and do not speak Spanish.  There is tension between urban Latinos and rural, migrant agricultural workers too.
What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?
What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?
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What different factors seem to unite and divide the Latino community in the United States?
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