Dream and Win The World
by Manuel Hernández
Once upon a time, there was a young and beautiful woman who
was born a slave, orphan, adopted and brought up in a foreign
and distant land. One day, the king, lord and ruler of one
hundred and twenty-seven provinces, sent out an official proclamation.
He was looking for a wife and queen and wanted all the damsels
of the kingdom to participate in the monumental quest. The
young woman's father urged her to dream and win the world.
After a year of intense competition, scrutiny and evaluation,
the young woman's grace and beauty won the king's heart and
became his wife and queen.
Seven years later, one of the king's men, filled with envy
and hate towards the young woman, her father and their people,
devised a plot to kill, destroy and exterminate the queen
and her captive nation. Baffled by the conspiracy, the queen's
father urged his gracious majesty to act on behalf of the
people they represented. Once the queen's people interceded
in a nationwide and unified effort, she went in to see the
king, intervened and saved the people from sure death and
Latinos from Central and South America, The Caribbean and
Europe have been migrating to America today in amounts like
never before. They came to the United States of America as
early as the eighteenth century with dreams of a better life
for their family and loved ones. But many Latinos came as
illegal aliens, speaking a different language and in different
colors, which made it more difficult for other ethnic groups
to accept them. The recently arrived are victims of racism
and exploitation by those with social and economic advantage
within the mainstream. The great majority fall behind and
find themselves in a monumental quest.
Two-hundred and plus years after we the people of the United
States officially proclaimed our independence from the old
world, Latinos continue to seek, strive and struggle for better
opportunities in the new world. Ins-pite of the recently displayed
Latino performance in the past Recall Elections in California,
we are still underrepresented as a people. Yes, we have borough
presidents, congressmen and congresswomen, mayors, governors,
actors, actresses, NBA basketball players, major league baseball
team owners, principals, teachers, entrepreneurs, but there
are still kingdoms to be won on behalf of our people. We cannot
do it alone; it is the quest of the Latino body acting as
The young woman is representative of many American Latinos.
Today they dream and seek to win the world, but those filled
with hate and envy build walls and barriers to detain and
deny the emerging and diverse minority its place in American
history. It is time to intercede and unite as a people. Only
then will we have the power and authority to see the king
and intervene on behalf of our nation.
If more than half of the Latino vote, decided the gubernatorial
vote in The Recall, then we the people have the power to devise
better educational, social, financial and political standards
for all of us. The American government has done its best to
be receptive towards the needs of we the people, but it is
time for Latinos to design strategies and initiatives to collaborate
in an effort to create an agenda that will meet the expectations
Once upon a time, there was a government governed by a minority.
It took the largest minority in Africa years of pain and suffering
to win its place in history. When our children become the
majority in forty-seven years, they will have inherited our
peace, joy, justice and spirit. Let us begin to design the
dream today, implement the vision as we speak, disciple our
children now, and we the people will win the world tomorrow.