In other words, I have always labeled myself as an American first. That is who I am. Yes, my father was born in
If I don't fit the "Hispanic" profile, my children certainly do not. They largely have light hair and fair skin. One of my sons has red hair and blue eyes. Would HE be considered an Hispanic President or anything else? Would anyone consider HIM for an Hispanic scholarship down the road? Will the affirmative action proponents be knocking on his door? My only hope is that it his Hispanic heritage does not become of principal importance to who he is as a person.
From a very young age I have been told by people to make the most of my background, to let it "work" to my advantage. I even had an old boss tell me to change my name to something that SOUNDED more Hispanic. Something "less blue blooded" if I remember correctly. That if I changed my name to something like Alberto Gomez de la Parra, it might help my career down the road. After all, there's no shortage of white sounding guys on the air. Others accused me of stabbing my Latino ancestors in the back, of being ashamed of my lineage. Nothing could be further from the truth. Well, except for maybe the guilt that some of my distant cousins might have partaken in human sacrifices on the tops of pyramids. That would be pretty shameful.
If Governor Richardson wins, he will become our Nation's first Hispanic President. If I were to win, the same label would not be applied. That is why today I am NOT considered one of the few Hispanics (can YOU name any?) hosting a national radio show for a major network. I am just a regular, tax paying American who struggles with a mountain of bills and responsibilities like millions of others. And to be honest with you, I wouldn't have it any other way. I guess if I really wanted to milk my heritage, I could say Adios instead of Goodbye. But I won't. Don't be too let down.