Continued Neglect by the Smithsonian of U.S. Latino History

Also, there is a Lack of commitment to diversity according to the first analysis “Invisible No More”.

Washington, D.C.- UCLA LPPI joined the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) to release Invisible No More, the first analysis of the Smithsonian Institution’s progress in implementing the ten recommendations from its 1994 report, Willful Neglect.

It found that the Institution failed to execute on 7 of the 10 recommendations. This includes a decrease in federal funding for the Smithsonian Latino Center and a severe underrepresentation of Latinos in leadership roles.

Upon the release of this research, Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Friends of the American Latino Museum, released the following statement:

“The UCLA study has confirmed what we have argued for some time, the Willful Neglect report is a 24-year-old roadmap, and its most significant recommendations have been largely ignored. Chief among those recommendations is the need to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum as the only way to truly address the gaps in our American history.”

“At a time when misunderstandings and stereotypes about American Latinos and our contributions to the nation are harming our community, this report provides further inspiration for the critical work of the Friends of the American Latino Museum. We are hopeful the Smithsonian and Congress will heed these findings and move to more vigorously support our next critical piece of legislation, the National Museum of the American Latino Act, through to passage.”

Danny Vargas, Chair of the Board of the Friends of the American Latino Museum, issued the following statement on the role an American Latino Museum can play in addressing this gap within the institution:

“Throughout American history, Latinos have played a foundational and fundamental role in creating the nation we know and love today. In keeping with the mission of the Smithsonian Institution, it is time to increase and diffuse knowledge about these contributions, for the benefit of all Americans and those visiting our great country.”

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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