If you didn't catch Soledad O'Brien's 'Latino in America' special, you need to. I think its an important look at the growth of the Hispanic community in this country in light of our country's failure to put into effect a comprehensive and comprehendable immigration policy. Like her previous documentaries on what it means to be 'Black in America', its sure to spark conversation, pro and con.
There are moving stories about the plight of undocumented children who come here looking for their parents; undocumented workers and a community of Hispanics whose assimilation into our country's community values which has transformed a dreaded neighborhood into one in which families celebrate the search for the American dream.
And then there is the segment which bothered me the most: the beating death of Luis Ramirez, an undocumented immigrant in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Almost as incomprehensible as the acquittal of Ramirez's attackers (they were convicted of 'assault'), is the assertion of residents of this community that it 'wasn't a hate crime'. Equally disturbing was the dismissive attitude that if Luis hadn't been there in the first place, that 'it wouldn't have happened'.
Whatever else, 'Latino in America' shows (and it does indeed reveal the wonderful pride and spirit of Hispanic people), it also shows that our country does indeed have a long way to go.