Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Where is the National Museum of the American Latino?
It's been almost three years since the national campaign for the National Museum of the American Latino was launched. Since then countless other campaigns, contests, supporters, and donations have been made in order to bring this idea to fruition.
According to an article in the Orange County Register, "It literally takes an act of Congress to establish another museum on the Mall, alongside famous sites like the National Air and Space Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History. Organizers say the museum would show the impact of Latino culture on American life throughout U.S. history, with exhibitions of fine art, artifacts, documents and oral histories."
And its been with the Senate and the House of Representatives for quite some time. Some lawmakers have gone to say that a museum dedicated to minorities would be unnecessary. But there are those that support the museum. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Meanwhile, Republican Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic California Rep. Xavier Becerra are supporting the bill in the House.
So does anyone know the real reason why it's not up? Why hasn't it been approved? Unfortunately without the bill being passes, the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino cannot begin fundraising.