Opinion: Congressional Hispanic Caucus — No Non-Latinos Allowed?

Roberto “Beto” O’Rourke is in an interesting position, Stephen A. Nuño shared in a post on NBC Latino. O’Rourke, a fourth-generation Texan and Irishman represents the 16th Congressional District in Texas — 80 percent of its population Latino– and he speaks Spanish fluently. He was also just denied membership into the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. 

According to the caucus’s bylaws, all members must be of Hispanic descent. However, some Latinos feel O’Rourke is deserving of the seat.
. . . Identities are not static, nor should they be, and Latinos will have to confront the issue of cultural authenticity and how segregating identities into neat categories can have negative political consequences,” Nuño wrote. “As the country becomes more Hispanic, so will our leaders assimilate into our own contributions to American culture. That should be encouraged by Latinos.”
In Nuño’s view, O’Rouke should have the right to “express his solidarity with his constituents and his identity” by being a part of the caucus.
Read Nuño’s full article here.
(Photo by Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Congress)


2 thoughts on “Opinion: Congressional Hispanic Caucus — No Non-Latinos Allowed?

  1. That is a tough one because the caucus wants the ideas and opinions to come from latinos because that is who they are to represent and how will a non latino truly represent latinos’ views if he hasn’t experienced life as a latino himself? If his district is 80% latinos, where is a latino representative? Perhaps there is a special position he can take as a supporter that can be offered to him. We included anyone in the Latin American Student Organization but the executive board was comprised of Latinos. They were voted in by the memebers (latinos and non latinos). That was in college and a different type of organization though.

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