The video that usually crowns our Latino hip-hop blog is going to come at the end of our story today, because without explaining how the American Dream has evolved, the music video won't be given the meaning it deserves.
First, you need to know that the American Dream takes on many forms. The American Dream is not only what corporate commercials sell us. It's not only a two-story home with a white picket fence and a two-car garage. It can actually embody a person. It can embody a six-year-old illegal alien named Cesar Lozano.
We know. Your politics or your stance on immigration might disagree with that statement, but what if we told you that the six-year-old grew up to become a law-abiding American citizen, that he went to college, that he's more articulate than most Americans, that he taught himself how to make music thousands of people want to listen to, that he opened up his own business that sells his music, that he expanded and created multiple revenue streams for his entrepreneurial venture, that he's humble and loves this country for the opportunity it's provided him, whether he chose it for himself or not?
What if we told you his mom worked her way up from a maid to working at a hospital, and his father went from dishwasher to chef at the Sheraton hotel? After all of that, could the concept of the American Dream now merit being Cesar Lozano?