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Es mejor que nos apoyamos unos a otros {#SpanishFriday}

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Tantas veces, parece que estamos en una carrera para salir adelante y no nos detenemos a pensar en la gente que está a nuestro lado. Estamos tratando detener éxito, para hacer una diferencia en nuestras vidas, pero muchas veces nos olvidamos que muchas de las personas que nos rodean también están tratando de mejorar sus vidas.

Ha habido muchas conversaciones recientemente sobre los latinos que actúan como los cangrejos que trepan las paredes de la olla y tirando uno al otro. Lo he visto con mis propios ojos y es verdad, que los latinos son más competitivos que los gringos. Parece que cada persona de color está condicionado por la sociedad para creer que otras “minorías” son sus competidores. Pero esta idea es mala y en realidad impide los latinos de tener éxito.

Creo que los latinos han tomado una posición de mentor de uno al otro y están creando el liderazgo, pero ellos necesitamos más de esto!  Necesitamos más latinos en puestos ejecutivos, porque más de estas posiciones para los latinos significan un mayor éxito.  Es fácil ver que los latinos que se apoyan tienen más éxito que ellos que no lo hacen.

La discriminación genera una competencia, pero no tiene que someterse.  En cambio, los latinos pueden construir un network muy fuerte y crear oportunidades de entrada. Ellos pueden ser aliados y no competidores.




So many times, it seems like we are in a race to get ahead and we don’t stop to think about those who are beside us.  We are trying to be successful, to make a difference in our own lives, but we often forget that many of the people around us are also trying to better their lives.

There has been a lot of conversation recently about Latinos acting like crabs climbing the walls of a pot and pulling each other down.  I’ve seen this with my own eyes and it’s true, that Latinos have to be more competitive.  It seems that every person of color is conditioned by society to see other “minorities” as competitors.  But this idea is a negative one and actually prevents latinos from succeeding.

I think that Latinos have taken a stand to mentor each other and provide leadership, but we definitely need more of this!  The more Latinos in powerful positions, the more we can advocate for each other’s success.  It’s easy to see that Latinos who support each other get further ahead than those who do not.

Discrimination causes this competitive nature, but we don’t have to submit to it.  Instead, Latinos can build a strong network and create a pathway to opportunities.  They can be allies and not competitors.
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  • Anonymous
    August 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Bien dicho, amiga!  Bravo!!! If only we were all more supportive of each other, I'm sure this world would be a much better place.  

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      August 19, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      Gracias amiga!  I really think we're on the right track, but we just have to remember the big picture.  Yes, it's competitive right now, but when more Latinos are successful, there will be greater opportunities for everyone.  All the more reason to give a fellow Latino/Latina a helping hand.  :)

  • Ezzy Guerrero-Languz
    August 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I've been touched by the support of all the women I've had the privilege of interacting with, Latina and non-Latina, alike, since I started blogging, and many who I met through your Multicultural Blog Carnival. You made me think of the book THE FOUR AGREEMENTS with this beautiful post. In it Ruiz builds on The Golden Rule. He outlines four guiding principles to live by (I'm paraphrasing): 1) Never Take Things Personal, 2) Never Make Assumptions, 3) Always Do Your Best, 4) Be Impeccable With Your Word. Imagine how different our communities would be if we honored each other. I'm with you, amiga. In my eyes, you're a shining example of someone who pays-it-forward any way she can. Un abrazo.

    • Chantilly Pati&ntild
      August 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

      Thank you so much Ez…that means a lot coming from you.  :)  I actually have that book on my "to-read" shelf!  Saw it on New Latina a few months back.  I've started making more time for reading this past week.  I'm currently reading Heidi Durrow's "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky".  I think you would really enjoy this book…it takes you back to your childhood thinking and examines those thoughts and feelings in a way that helps us to understand who we are as adults.  I'll be reviewing it here and then I'd love to send it to you.  :)  Thanks so much for all the support amiga…and for your strength.  Eres un rayo el la oscuriadad.

      • Ezzy Guerrero-Languz
        August 20, 2011 at 7:41 am

        Chantilly, gracias. Do you know a really good friend gave THE FOUR AGREEMENTS to me when it was first published. I jammed it into my bookshelf and left it there to collect dust. I didn't read it until January of this year when I came across a blog post somewhere talking about "not making assumptions." It caught my eye and I started reading it that afternoon. It's a quick, quick read. Bet you could whip through it while your little one naps. I'm telling you it's mind-altering. That one and Eckhart Tolle's THE POWER OF NOW. I have Heidi Durrow's book! I'll look forward to reading your review. ; D And thank you, again. You've inspired me.