Hispanic Americans

October 30, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 40
Can they find economic prosperity and political power?
By Rodman D. Griffin


With salsa now outselling ketchup, it's clear that Hispanics have established a vivid presence in American life far beyond ethnic enclaves like Miami's Little Havana and the barrios of East Los Angeles. Although Latinos comprise 9 percent of the U.S. population, they are still groping for a collective identity -- and a stronger political voice. This year's election could sweep more Hispanics into office than ever before. Meanwhile, many Latinos are finding the social equality and economic prosperity enjoyed by earlier immigrants to be illusive, with Hispanic children especially hard hit. Adding to the problems, growing numbers of illegal immigrants are putting inner cities under tremendous stress, pitting Latinos against blacks and other minorities in the competition for scarce jobs and limited social services.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Oct. 17, 2003  Latinos' Future
Sep. 18, 1998  Hispanic-Americans' New Clout
Oct. 30, 1992  Hispanic Americans
Jul. 30, 1982  Hispanic America
Sep. 25, 1970  Spanish-Americans: the New Militants
Civil Rights: Hispanic Americans
Immigration and Naturalization
Outsourcing and Immigration
Unemployment and Employment Programs