Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Watch out for flying pigs...

I just read an article by Mike Littwin, and I actually agreed with most of it! I'm shocked and a little scared. I haven't done a ton of research on immigration...illegal or otherwise, so I'm not sure I'm ready to sound off on it. One of the big issues I do have is clear through a quote in Littwin's column.

"One person, upon seeing an overturned van, told a Rocky reporter he wondered who would pay the medical bills. That's not exactly how you'd hope people would react to an accident.
But it's the reaction you'd expect when a group of people have been effectively demonized." (emphasis mine)

Hispanohablantes (Spanish speaking people) have been demonized in this country...in this state.

The argument I often hear is--If I moved to another country, I would learn their language. I agree. If I moved to another country, I would do my best to learn the language, but if I found a group of English speaking folks, I'd be speaking English to them. I'd speak English in my home. English is part of my heritage, and I see no reason to abandon it.

So, why are Hispanohablantes looked down upon? Basically because they aren't speaking English. Did you know that people in the world are smart and don't speak English? I learned this lesson in college, and I'm ashamed to admit I didn't figure it out earlier. I was in a speech class with a guy from China. And listening to his speeches was SO HARD. He had not mastered the speaking of our language. I didn't have a good attitude about him...and in his final speech he talked about some very difficult medical concepts. He was Pre-Med!

My biggest issue is just the blatant bigotry. God made people...and at the tower of Babel he created multiple languages. He loves all of us. English, Spanish or Korean speakers. Jesus did not speak English, people!

2 Comments:

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Connor said...

I think that the issue with immigration is being politicized by those who are left of center.

Obviously it is a very important issue, but in my opinion, the issue is about homeland security, securing our borders, knowing who is in our country.

However, some people, like Howard Dean, see it as the perfect opportunity to label Republicans as racist bigots.

This is an issue over security not race.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Mellifluous said...

Your last statement is key! The left sees this as a race issue and the right as security.

I was commenting on the race issue apart from the current main debate because it bugs me that people who are here legally are called "Mexicans" as a derogatory label--when they are often from other parts of Latin America or are from the USA. And why is being from Mexico bad? Reminds me of how the Irish and the Italians have been treated in past years.

 

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