If you go to the website of the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, you will notice that, among all the categories of information they offer, one is dedicated exclusively to the Hispanic community in the United States.
The reason is one that we have repeated ad nauseam: The Latino community in the United States today is not only the largest minority in the country, but also the most heterogeneous; putting all Hispanics in the same boat is a statistical error — and specialists know it.
In just 17 years, Hispanics in the country have grown from 35 million to almost 60 million, and that’s just counting the data from the census, which often leaves out large chunks of the national population.
In one way or another, this community represents 18 percent of the country, and is mainly concentrated in states such as California (26 percent), Texas (19 percent) and Florida (9 percent), varying in socio-cultural and economic strata, as well as in origin, by a wide margin.
However, Hispanic participation in the political debate has often been overlooked, with obvious consequences.
In the 2016 Presidential election, 27.3 million Latinos were eligible to vote, representing 12 percent of the national total, and often preferring the Democratic Party when choosing their representatives. But their actual participation in the elections is very low considering the strength they represent.
During the last election, the percentage of Latino participation in the elections was around 48 percent, according to figures from the Pew Research Center, compared to 67 percent for African-Americans and 64 percent for whites.
Can you imagine what could happen if only 60 percent of Latinos went out and voted?
Some politicians like Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren have incorporated strategies aimed directly at Latinos into their campaign, seeing overwhelming results, such as the support Sanders received in Nevada, which earned him the most delegates in the state.
This year, “Latinos are paying more attention to politics.”
As the Research Center explained, “Among Latino registered voters, almost nine-in-ten Democrats and Democratic leaners (87%) say it really matters who wins the White House.”
“When asked about candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, a majority of Latino Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters say they have a good (54%) or excellent (11%) impression of them. A third say they have an only fair (28%) or poor (5%) impression of the candidates.”
And considering that the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump Administration have done much of the Democratic campaign work — some 53 percent of Latinos say the Democratic Party cares more about their needs — the fact that campaigns like that of former Vice President Joe Biden still don’t offer a solid platform to this community is absurd.
If the figures indicate that three out of ten Latino Democrats (31 percent) say they have “given a lot of thought to who will run for president in 2020,” why are the politicians waiting to pay attention to them?