Yesterday, leaders here in Orlando finally held a press conference to ensure the growing Spanish audience in their communities were getting the answers they need during the on-going Coronavirus pandemic (story HERE).
If you’re a regular reader of this blog and follow me on social media, you know I was talking about this in March. The problem is that politicians here in Central Florida are too slow to act when they have to.
It’s sad because when they have an endorsement or any sort of good news to announce, they can host a press conference in less than three hours.
And just to be clear, this falls on all Orlando elected officials. Local, state, city, county, all of them.
They couldn’t take one look out in their communities and figure out what it might take you or me just a couple of instances to figure out. The Hispanic community wasn’t sure what was going on. Curfews, face covering requirements, closures, they were in the dark for a lot of it.
Sadly, they also didn’t realize that the Coronavirus was hitting their neighborhoods the hardest. East Orlando, Hunters Creek, Meadow Woods, all have been hit hotzones in the county.
And this doesn’t fall on Spanish media. Too often they’re actually forgotten by elected officials. That is correct. Press secretaries won’t invite them to press conferences.
When that happens you’re leaving a growing part of our community out of the know.
Then we also have the “Well, they should just learn English crowd.”
That’s really just so basically ignorant.
The truth is that almost all of them already do. The ones that might not, are learning. Being multi-lingual should be encouraged. We become stronger that way.
The good news here is that our local leaders have finally woken up. There will be Spanish language briefings from here on out.
But even after the Coronavirus has been eliminated let’s not forget about our Spanish speaking community when tough times visit us in the future.
They’re doing some very important jobs for very little pay. The least we can do is tell them when there is danger in their communities.