If the newest Barbie doll has a Mexican theme and comes dressed as a Day of the Dead doll, it means that Mattel is paying attention to the changing U.S. demographics. It is almost the year 2020, and the country is becoming more Hispanic every year.
Why is that? White Baby Boomers are dying faster than white Babies are being born. Hispanic families are younger than white families and have more children. The U.S. Census people have predicted that Hispanic people will be the new majority in USA by 2050.
For those of you who want to argue about that, the truth is you can argue until your faces turn blue. It’s not going to change a thing. White people are losing their monopoly on this country.
I am a white person, and I have known about this for over two decades. How? By paying attention to anything Latino in the news. Why? Because I write children’s books with Spanish. It’s a good sales pitch to tell editors that Hispanics will outnumber everyone in the near future.
Day of the Dead is not a scary Mexican holiday. Children like the sugar skulls and skeleton paint on their faces. Death is part of life. No one ignores it in the Mexican culture. People celebrate their dead relatives by cleaning and decorating their graves and by having a picnic on their graves on November 1st and 2nd.
“Is this a Catholic holiday?” someone asked me.
It is a pre-Catholic holiday. The indigenous people of Mexico practiced this tradition before the Spaniards arrived. The Catholic leaders smartly moved the holiday to coincide with their All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day.
Day of the Dead is not about zombies, vampires, ghouls or goblins. It’s about a family’s ancestors and remembering them once a year. There’s a great movie about it called Coco.
Coco is the grandma, but you don’t know that until the end. Oops!
Now Mattel’s newest Barbie has skeleton paintings on her face and embroidery on her dress. I predict that she will be a best seller.
I know I want to go out and buy one, just because.