When I first immigrated to the United States, a part of me remained steadfastly attached to my home country. I didn’t feel like I belonged here, and kept looking for ways to come back and visit my people for at least a few days.
Cuba was once my home, the place where I could hug and kiss everyone without getting disapproving looks, the place where I could speak my native language without offending anyone and where I didn’t have to constantly prove myself to others .
Fast forwarding a few years, I finally stopped looking back and decided to focus instead on the life I had built here. By that time, I had finished my bachelor’s degree, was in the American workforce, and my English was almost as good as my Spanish. Cuba was no longer at home; The United States of America was.
This is not just my story, but the story of millions of immigrants who came to this country in search of a better life for themselves and their families. This is our country now, and we want to be heard, represented and considered by the leaders of this country.
We need a president who cares about our communities, recognizes our power, understands our values and gives us a voice. This is exactly what presidential candidate Joe Biden did in a virtual conversation about Latinx values and concerns with artist Jennifer Lopez and former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, both members of the Latinx community.
In the video, Biden begins by asking questions about the issues that matter most to them as Latinos, to which JLo responded:
“For me, it’s [about] unify the nation again, get rid of this hatred. Thinking about my kids walking around in a world where, you know, there’s nothing wrong with being racist or being prejudiced because our administration says it’s okay – That, for me, is really sad because this is not the country in which I think I grew up.
They also explained how the Latinx community is among those hit hardest by COVID-19, not just because we are three times more likely not only to get infected, but also because 3 million Latinxes lost their jobs during the pandemic and one in three small businesses went bankrupt from the start.
Candidate Biden highlighted his support for the $ 2 trillion bill to help small businesses stay open and take all necessary precautions to protect their staff and customers from the virus.
At a time when coming together is fundamental to rebuilding our country and our economy, Biden’s words reflect a man who stands behind the unification of our people, regardless of race, class, gender or political affiliation.
“I’ve been saying this for a long time. I will present myself as a proud Democrat, but I am not a Democratic President. I am an American president. »Joe stressed
Likewise, his wife, Dr Jill Biden, who was also on the video, said that if she had the privilege of being the next First Lady, she would make sure Latinx women had “a seat at the table.”
The conversation then focused on two deeply rooted values in the Latinx community, family and faith, and how these values also guided Biden’s life and public service.
The conversation ended with Alex and Jlo speaking to the Latino community in Spanish to encourage them to vote. According to JLo, “la comunidad Latina will determine lo que va a pasar en esta elección ¡Tú tienes el poder!” In English, the Latinx community will determine what will happen in this election. You have the power!
Watch the full video here.