When it comes to politics, being a minority, and a conservative are two words that wouldn’t normally be placed side by side. Some may consider it an “oxymoron,” or even kind of “controversial,” but is it really? I myself am a conservative woman and I also happen to be Latina.

I was born in Lima, Peru. My family immigrated to the USA when I was a very small child. I was raised in a very traditional family household where my father was the main provider and the authority figure. Although my mother was also employed, she still made time to serve her family. My mother made sure all of her children were fed, clothed, and had their homework done for school the next day. My mother took pride in being a mother and a wife and my father took pride in being a father and a husband. Growing up I always saw my mother and father working together as a team. 

I was raised to put God above all things; that through God I could achieve the impossible. Every Sunday, my mother would take me to church without fail. I was always encouraged to wear my “Sunday best,” and reminded to thank God for simply being alive another day. And I was a raised in a Christian household where God was the center of our lives. 

I was raised to believe that through ambition and hard work I could achieve my wildest dreams. After all, the United States was the country of freedom and opportunity right? My parents consistently reminded me that because I was an immigrant I needed to work twice as hard to see my dreams turn into a reality. 

The truth of the matter is that most Hispanics and/or Latinos like myself are naturally conservative at heart. Many of them were, more or less, raised like I was. Hispanics and/or Latinos of today may not give themselves the conservative label to avoid receiving backlash from their own community, but there’s no doubt that they strongly hold many conservative values. Faith, family, freedom are the top three conservative values you will find in any Hispanic and/or Latino household. 

When it comes to the faith of Hispanics and/or Latinos, they are known to be very religious. Religion is the cornerstone of the average Hispanic and/or Latino family and really a part of their culture. Religion itself influences many of their core beliefs and decisions within the family. The most recent study by Pew Research Center shows that over 70% of Hispanics and/or Latinos were brought up Catholic. 

Hispanics and/or Latinos are also big when it comes to family. The majority of them strongly believe in traditional gender roles. The father is typically the authority figure in the household and the provider. And the mother is typically the homemaker and the nurturer. Neither can be without the other. Their children are the next generation of American dreamers set to make their parents proud and reach the American Dream. The modern day Hispanic and/or Latino family extends beyond the nuclear family to include grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins; friends and neighbors and so forth; even an unborn child is considered as much a part of the family inside the womb of the mother as outside of it.

When it comes to freedom, Hispanics and/or Latinos typically believe in the freedom to create the life that they desire through discipline and hard work. Hispanics and/or Latinos value hard work and are known for being hard workers. When it comes to reaching the American dream, over 70% of Hispanic and/or Latino Americans have said that they believe the American dream is attainable through ambition and hard work itself. 

The American dream for many Hispanic and/or Latino immigrants is to be free. Immigrants such as my family and myself come to America in pursue of individual freedom, not more government intervention & control. Most immigrants coming from Latin American countries, such as Venezuela, come to America escaping government overreach and to pursue to the American dream through their own efforts.  

The problem with the left is that consistently perpetuate victim-hood and encourage people like me to go against my values and beliefs for the sake of a government handout. Hispanics and/or Latinos take pride in hard work. We don’t need more government intervention to succeed because we’re raised to believe that you can be successful through your own efforts. 

The word “Conservative,” shouldn’t be treated as some dirty word because it’s not. Conservatism is a way of life. It is a set of values and beliefs that individuals have and hold dear to them. Conservatives are very diverse. It’s not some exclusive club that only caters to “white people.”

As a conservative myself, I vote based on my values and beliefs. I was raised in a Christian household where I was taught that God was put above all things, where family is essential and must be preserved, and where my potential was not limited based on my identity. I will never compromise my values of faith, family, and freedom for the sake of anyone’s satisfaction or for the sake of a government handout. I’m an unapologetically a conservative Latina and I know I’m not alone.

Emma J