Hispanic Culture Impact on Our Country and What It Means For America
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you found out why (Twain).” People of the Hispanic culture are born every day, and they were born to add their food, dance, and clothing that make up their culture. But some people are unappreciative of this and take this amazing culture and these spectacular countries for granted. If I was a Hispanic person (and I am), I would want my legacy to display my amazing culture for what it is, and show that the hate comments from the world aren’t going to affect me.
To start with the most exquisite topics of them all contributed food. There are quesadillas, plantains, ropa vieja, and coffee that is better than our own (American). “As of May 2014, in the USA there are more than 54,000 Mexican restaurants in operation …Mexican restaurants make up approximately 8 percent of the total US restaurant landscape… Mexican edged out Hamburger for the third most common US menu type, with Hamburgers falling into the fourth position…,” says chd-expert.com. That means there are only 2 other foods in the ENTIRE COUNTRY that beat out Mexican cultured foods, which is an equivalent term for Hispanic cultured. ABC News also confirmed that in 2011, there were no less than 38,000 restaurants in operation. If these sources provide the correct approximations, that means Mexican food chain grew about 5,333 restaurants ever year in that 3-year span. If the food chain continued to grow at this rate, that would put us approximately at 75,333 food chains this year. Now, who’s to say that Hispanic culture hasn’t taken a toll on our communities?
Food may not seem like that big of a deal, so let’s talk economy.
CNN Money mentions on their website that in 2015 there were 55 million Latinos living and working in America and they were responsible for $2.13 trillion dollars or the equivalent to 11.8%. By 2020, the researchers estimate that Latinos will fuel nearly a quarter of all U.S. GDP growth, and represent 12.7% of the country’s total GDP. “In case you don’t know, GDP stands for gross domestic product, which means the total value of goods produced and services provided in a country during one year. This means in 2015, Latinos where worth 2.13 trillion dollars or 11.8 percent of the 18.04 trillion dollars America creates every year. The Huffington Post also makes it aware that “Nearly 16 percent of the U.S. labor force is Latino; that’s about 25 million workers,” and, “By 2050 Latinos’ overall share of the U.S. workforce is expected to double to nearly 30 percent.” That’s a ginormous part of our economy and if we were to deport them or make it illegal for them to be here, we would struggle as a country.
Now that we have the business out of the way, why not mix in a little fun? To start, we’ve got music. Look at what Camilla Cabello did to the charts! Her song about Havana, stayed number one for quite a while, proof that people enjoyed the artist’s production. For you non-believers, POPSUGAR.com confirmed Camilla had a Cuban background. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee stayed popular for a bit as well. In fact, people liked it so much, Justin Bieber made an English remix so that non-Spanish speakers could enjoy it too; of course, keeping the main course in Spanish to keep the song original. If you’re ready to break it down on the dance floor, you’ll be happy to know there are quite a few dances to try, like the tango. Thoughtco.com stated, “Several Argentine dances originated in Argentina and are still performed in the country today, with the most popular being the Argentine Tango.” Red2000.com notes that the dance originated in Spain, more specifically in Andalusia. Hispanic dances aren’t easy and would take a lot of practice, but it’s worth a shot.
There are many ways that Hispanic cultures impact our communities, states, countries, our lives. The food is to die for, and the economy would suffer without these inhabitants of our country; our Latin-(but now American) Family. As a Hispanic, I would wear it proud because, without them, our world would be completely shaken.