Have you noticed how the subject of Latinos went from a hot pre-election topic to the post-election forgotten crazy aunt in the attic?
Before the Presidential primaries and final national election, U.S. Hispanics were on the lips of everyone to include Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barrack Obama. To hear all of them talk about the importance of Hispanics to our overall American culture and way of life made one dizzy with goodwill and kumbaya happiness.
Hispanic leaders throughout the country developed sharp elbows as they pushed and forced their way to the front of the crowd in order to be recognized with our political leaders who showered the Hispanic community with loving kisses and warm hand shakes.
How times have changed?
Today comments like the "Fajita Flu", "Mexican Invasion", "Thank You Latinos", and a myriad of other derogatory comments permeate the communication airways and online blogs. Pre-election Latinos were the darling of America but now that the Swine Flu has become more imporant than the Latino vote, U.S. Hispanics with special emphasis on Mexican-Americans have to run for the hills....or the border.
I wonder when the next election cycle comes around if our political leaders will ignore the Swine Flu to kiss Hispanic looking babies and to shake the hands of Latino voters. Knowing how politicians work, they would shake the hands of anyone that will get them a vote.
Based on the Swine Flu and the U.S. Hispanic community stigma tied to it, let's hope that the next election gets here quickly.