Democrats' Next in Line: Hispanics
Boycott or "Buycott"?
By Dan Perkins
July 20, 2020
According to the US Census Bureau July 1, 2019 population estimates, Whites make up 60.1% of the population; now number two at 18.5% are Hispanic, or Latino; and third are Black or African-Americans at 13.4%. The difference between the 2000 census and the 2019 population estimates showed that the white population declined from 75.1% to 60.1%, the black or African American population went from 12.3% to 13.4%, while the Hispanic and Latinos, the Hispanic population, increased the most from 12.5% in the year 2000 to 18.5% based on 2019 estimates. Pew Research estimates that going into the 2020 election, Hispanics will outnumber Blacks at the voting polls in November for the first time in history. (1)
We have heard from the left that Black Lives Matter protestors are not mostly black, according to the people who are actually in the streets. According to Pew, 46% are White, 22% are Hispanic, and only 17% are black. (2) In several cities like Chicago and Miami, Hispanic people are fighting to keep their neighborhoods safe and drive out the protesters, rioters, and looters. (3)
It appears that the Democrats have not paid much attention to the significance of the Hispanic and Latino voters, now the second-largest voting bloc in the United States. Robert Unanue, the CEO of Goya Foods, Inc., the largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company, a popular brand among Latino Americans, came under attack. This was because Robert Unanue said he supports President Trump. The left is trying to influence customers to stop buying products offered by the company. At last count, the company had over 4,000 employees producing products for the Hispanic and Latino diets.
I suspect in many cases that a significant number of people around the country in the Latino community are not paying much attention to the backlash. In fact, members of the Hispanic community have actually stood up to protect Hispanic property and businesses. The Unanue family Goya Foods are a true American success story and the idea that the leadership of the company supports Donald Trump and what he is trying to do for the Hispanic community can't be tolerated by the opposition.
The Democrats don't seem to understand that they are pitching the larger minority Hispanics against the number two minority blacks. They're asking the Hispanic people to stop buying Goya products because the Democrats do not want the company's head to have freedom of speech and express his opinion, especially if his opinion is counter to theirs. Unanue has since doubled his commitment to Donald Trump and what he's trying to do to encourage Hispanics to succeed.
This is a fight that the Democrats chose, but I don't think they spent a lot of time thinking about how the Hispanic community would respond. A Hollywood star or musician will have to decide if what he said justifies their ceasing to purchase his family products. Just to be clear, this is what Robert Unanue said: "We're all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump, who is a builder, and that's what my grandfather did." Unanue is the third generation of his family to run the business. He additionally said, "We pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and grow."
This tactic is the wrong choice for the Democrats, for if Unanue refuses to retract his statement, is the next step for Democrats to send mobs to destroy his factories? If they do, will the Hispanic communities around the factories and the employees who work there repel the anarchists? I think the Democrats need to reconsider the stand they've taken against Hispanic credibility. Some would say that my characterization as to what is going on is a criticism of many people when, in fact, it is just one person supporting Trump. However, the Democrats don't seem to understand that the Unanue Family are icons in the Hispanic community.
Go to the company website, goya.com, and look at all the things the company has done to help people in the United States. This leadership and support to the community come from the top. I hope people continue to buy Goya products and reject the calls for a boycott. The Democrats may lose the largest minority voting bloc in the country, but if so, it is America's gain.
Breaking News: #BuyGoya is trending up.
Dan Perkins is the author of 9 books, a nationally syndicated talk show host, an expert on energy, the founder of the Black and White radio and TV network promoting free speech, and the host of two shows on the network, Blacks and Whites and Dan After Dark. His newest outlet for commentary is https://yournews.com/33908. You can find more info about Dan and his works at danperkins.guru.
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