MISSING: National Latino Leader – Experts Say Search Could Be A Fantasy


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The U.S. Latino community is demanding a national leader to defend its interests, according to a recent poll, but in the opinion of experts, that search could be simply an impractical fantasy.
In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, almost three quarters of the Hispanic community said they felt a leader is needed, although a similar percentage of those surveyed said they couldn’t name who the most important Hispanic leader is at this time.
Despite the fact that he died in 1993, civil rights activist and United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez continues to be selected by members of the Latino community as the most important Hispanic.
“We can hope for another Cesar Chavez, or the second coming of Jesus Christ, but I don’t know who will come first because it’s a dream that there might be someone of that quality,” Juan Andrade, president of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Arturo Vargas, the executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, said he felt it was “a useless search.”
“It would be better to seek a leader who exists within ourselves, or to look….
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