The Story of How CNN and Twitter Helped The Latino Community Grow Stronger
A tremendous missed opportunity. A magnificent failure and a huge disappointment for the Latino community. A lack of balance. That is how Latino In America by @CNN has been described on Twitter and the blogosphere.
A tremendous missed opportunity to show how the Latino community despite its problems and obstacles is getting ahead. Many people were looking forward to this because it just seemed right to get mainstream coverage for the successes of the Latino community Â in spite of the deep socio-economic disparities that tends to separate us from the mainstream.
Latino in America was supposed to highlight us with our shortcomings and successes. What we saw were mostly failures and a show focused on strengthening stereotypes rather than breaking them.
51 million Latinos in America. We will soon be the mainstream. A mainstream that represents the America we all love. A diverse America where opportunity is available to everyone and where the color of your skin is not an issue in your quest for success. To be truthful, for a lot of us it has not been. That is why we’ve spoken up in the most positive way possible and with the tools we’ve been given: freedom of speech, community, knowledge and the internet.
How did the response come together from Twitter?
From the chaos of Twitter, I sent one tweet with a suggested a response. One blog post by Julio Varela implemented the suggestion. One community stood behind it to fill this blog post with wonderfully real stories of hard work and successes. Hundreds of responses in less than 24 hours. Then Mike Robles chimed in with a video (web)challenging the assumptions made by the show. It wasn’t only people on the internet that were disenchanted by the content of the series. Geraldo Rivera with commentary directed towards Lou Dobbs actions were highlighted by HuffPo as a backdrop of the Latino in America TV special.
Help us become one. One tweet sparked creativity and strengthen community. Imagine if we all make it our goal to give a tweet and try help and support each other. Here are a few things that you can do to help:
- Post your story at this link and share it with the rest of Latinos In America that are making positive change happen
- Retweet the link and make it known to your network
- Tag fellow latino bloggers on del.icio.us. One of the tags that you can use is #latism
- Follow @latism @julito77 @John_Rivera @antoniocapo @mikeroblescomic @Mcmex @ergeekgoddess @carogonza @AnaRC @LouisPagan @maxgmacias @MichaelaKocon
It’s the beginning of something big.