No one likes to give power away – Latino v Black

The Sport is called Coleo it was part of a Charreada below is a video of the event, in Spanish. It is not the event where I took the photo above.

From the Washington Post

“The city south of Los Angeles is known as one of the great hubs of Black culture, producing countless Black athletes, rap legends and other celebrities, including Serena and Venus Williams, N.W.A. and Kendrick Lamar.

But Compton is no longer a Black city. Forty years ago, the city’s population was 74 percent Black; now it is nearly 70 percent Latino.

On weekly rides, Diaz and other members of his nonprofit, Connecting Compton, want to remind the city’s 93,000 residents that vaqueros on horseback — a Mexican American tradition — are as representative of this community as the pop culture references for which it’s better known.

Public perception isn’t the biggest obstacle Compton’s Latino activists say they face to gaining greater recognition: The city’s leadership still reflects its demographic past, with an all-Black city council and school board. It has never had a Latino mayor.”

The article reminds me of Houston, where The Latino population is 45% and the Black population is 23%.

We have had no Latino mayors in Houston. The Black community has had two. We presently have one (1) Latino council member. The Black community has Six (6) council members and the Mayor.

The White population is in the low twenty percent (20%) but has the City Controller and nine (9) council members.

My personal opinion is that we have and have had weak Latino representatives that are more interested in themselves than in pushing the Latino community forward.

HCC adopted a new district map, and based on the number, there is only one district where a Latino could get elected. After the 2010 census, the city adopted a district map that would basically only elect one Latino council member. They supposedly created a third district J, where I live. I filed a complaint that it would not elect a Latino any time soon. Our first council member was Laster, and our current council member is Pollard.

I am not here to complain about them, they have been excellent council members, and I seriously doubt that a Latino council member would have done as well as either of them. I feel so strongly about it that I have endorsed Council Member Pollard over a Latino that is running for the seat.

After Harvey Council Member Laster personally visited our community to help us. We are a majority Latino neighborhood with low voter turnout, so neither Council Member Pollard nor Laster needed to take care of our community. Their hearts are in the right place.

From the Washington Post:

“Political power is probably always the slowest thing to change because you control the money and the resources that you don’t want to give up, especially if you fought for it for a very long time,” said Jennifer Jones, a University of Illinois at Chicago and author of “The Browning of the New South.” “That power is difficult to let go of and you still have some constituents that you want to make sure are not abandoned again.”

The story of people of color calling on White leaders to cede power for more diverse representation is deeply rooted in American history. But Compton reflects a newer power struggle, which experts say the nation may see more of in the years to come as traditional White and Black strongholds grow more Latino and the Latino community demands more political representation.

The tension is driven by the continued growth of the Latino population, already about one-fifth of the country, while the White population declines and the share of the Black population stagnates.

New York and Houston, two of the nation’s most populous and diverse cities, haven’t had a Latino mayor in more than 100 years. Neither has Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, whose Black and Latino populations are nearly on par.

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