Not in New York.
In my immediately preceding post I asked you to “imagine my surprise” when I discovered something. I was surprised, but I assure you it was nothing compared to the surprise Rocco Luiere must have felt when he was informed one day by the state of New York that he was no longer Hispanic.
Rocco’s maternal grandparents were born in Spain, and his construction company had been regarded by the state as a minority business enterprise for the past 15 years. Then some bureaucrat noticed that Spain is not one of the countries listed in the state’s definition of Hispanic, although it is included in the federal definition and New York state agencies, including the Dept. of Transportation, list Spain as one of the countries generating Hispanic descendants. Go figure.
Rocco figured, and sued the state.
“All Hispanics started in Spain,” Luiere said. “If there is discrimination, the people who discriminate don’t stop to ask where you’re from. They’re not going to say, ‘Are you Juan Castro from Mexico, or Juan Castro from Spain?’ “
But is there still rampant discrimination in the construction industry against people who have two Spanish (or Mexican or Cuban) grandparents? If there is, perhaps the state of New York and all the Roccos should make a deal: the state should drop all the favoritism it provides to everyone in advance as compensation for the discrimination that they might conceivably experience at some time in the future and instead agree to assist Rooco et. al. in pursuing aggressively all such discriminators.