OP-ED: Shakira and her influence in the U.S. Presidential Election
This ‘‘Colombiana" —in the good, not bad sense of the word— is influencing more the U.S. mainstream culture than Julián Castro, for example, or any other Latino surrogate of Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.
While some are screaming about fantasy apocalypses in the form of a non existent “invasion” through a certain symbolic and inefficient wall on our southern border, quite obviously they have missed the forest for the trees. Here, this is a sample:
The arrival of Latino culture into the U.S. is moving fast all over into the mainstream as we speak, sometimes from the fringes, sometimes even from the center of the American society where it has been entrenched for decades.
Very directly, the sounds and the flavors of this rich culture are naturally merging into the mainstream, rubbing shoulders and mixing with all the ethnic groups residing in this great nation, simultaneously using multiple social platforms and technology channels that may make some people understandably nervous.
But there is no reason whatsoever to be anxious.
On the contrary, this can be a piece of great news:
While the candidates for President of the United States are mostly confusing the nation with their predictable rhetoric intended to create fears and elicit votes —very often at the expense of demonizing Latino culture and the Latino immigration revitalizing our neighborhoods— there is a multinational cultural pollination going on that will, positively, affect, international commerce, and eventually domestic and international politics —also positively— after this current and final death spam of certain kind of politics from our presidential campaign is finally over.
The fantasy “invasion” that may confuse some uninformed people is not necessarily the one going on by foot across the border —as tragic as it is, because the preventable human suffering it generates— is not necessarily the one I am referring to, which is the one that really matters as it is is driving a subtle influence over the mainstream culture in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago or Philadelphia.
Take Shakira, that exceptional Latina with the gift to conquer, to overcome, to invade, and, if allowed, take over— literally, either with the poetry of her pen, or the charm of her personality.
Take Shakira, “La Colombiana,” that exceptional Latina with the gift to conquer, to overcome, to invade, and, if allowed, take over— literally, either with the poetry of her pen, or the charm of her personality.
Her recently released music video “La Bicicleta” is the first one I have watched from the beginning to the end, and several times, from the internationally known singer and composer born in the same country I did: Colombia.
She is from the Colombian Caribbean Coast, me from up in the mountains, in the interior, where we tend to be less artistic and more diffident.
After 30 years of living as expatriates in the U.S., we have evolved obviously as human beings, becoming, among other things, citizens of the United States, a generous nation that has given refuge to our creativity, to our entrepreneurial spirit, to our aspiration to bless our fellow human beings with the abundant gifts of our rich, robust and largely misunderstood Latino Culture.
Dear Donald Trump: Watch this (see Youtube video “La Bicicleta” with over 100 million plus views in less than 45 days). Watch twice, if you can, and sober up, sir.
Dear Hillary Clinton: Don’t hesitate any more: Dare to enlist your people...
Fully engaged by you, querida mamá o abuela Hillary, they will crush the opposition and put you in the White House in no time— as if it were pure Shakira’s magic.