“We come in peace…but we have you surrounded”.
Cheech Marin, referring to the massive population growth of Latinos in America
Ever since the 1980’s people have predicted that Latinos would be the “next big thing.” Most of those predictions have panned out. There are a lot of us here, so the population and household formation numbers have met or exceeded those early estimates. From a business standpoint, Spanish language television has fared extremely well, but in terms of overall economic and political advancement; it has never really felt like things were materializing like many of us had hoped.
In part one of my blog series, I explained why I believe the Latino phenomenon is changing in a big way and introduced my concept of the Nuevo Latinos. I shared some of the positive trends I have observed in my own circle and with a number of prominent Latino leaders. I also explained how these well‐known individuals are guiding the Latino masses to greater heights and possibilities. In part two I will dig deeper in defining exactly what makes a Nuevo Latino and further illustrate why they are such a transformational force.
What makes someone a Nuevo Latino?
A Nuevo Latino is a state of mind
and is my own characterization for successful and assimilated American Latinos
who love their culture and who have a basic understanding of the exceptional political and economic power that Latinos have today.
Let me break it down to a few bullets: