The Hispanic influx didn’t happen overnight, and Goshen’s changing demographic wasn’t an easy shift. Tensions, and challenges, still persist. Some Anglo misgiving is just aversion to anything new — a longing for a fabled past, perhaps — or simple bigotry. Other concerns, though, are fair game. The issue of unlicensed Hispanic drivers — a matter of public safety, in our view — comes to mind.
BLENDING DIFFERENT POPULATIONS isn’t a hurdle-free process. That said, native U.S. residents would do well to remember that their forebears didn’t spring from this soil. Our national and local history is one of human influx, of people wanting a different life somewhere new. And our cultural landscape is the richer for that desire.
Latinos have put down roots in Goshen. They’ve started businesses. Their children attend our schools. They have hopes for the future. Sound familiar? Yes, it does. There are many great stories that seep from Goshen and nearby towns on a daily basis. Make no mistake: our Latino population and its leaders who have emerged and are emerging offer an emerging voice to those stories and a path to who we will be moving forward.