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Reply to "People of Color' are All One? Latino Inmates in L.A. Don't Think So"

UppityNegress, I will first answer your question as to rather or not you should learn the language of the country you migrate to? If one is able to migrate to a country and get all of his or her needs met without having to learn the language of the country, what motivation is there to learn the language? Which means if you entered Mexico and found yourself living in an English speaking enclave, with stores, school and services offered to you in English than I say you do not need to learn the language of the land because apparently the land has allowed accommodations for the language you speak and make concessions for those who speak English. Such is the case for Spanish speaking men and women, which demonstrates again your problem with Mexican men and women is focused at the wrong people. If you have a problem with the accommodations being afforded Spanish speaking men and women, if you have a problem with the concessions being made for them; then your problem is with those who make the concessions and accommodations not with those who receive them.

You speak of it being normal decency to learn the language of your host country? When and where did this become normal and a tradition that is respected? It must have been after the European Colonized damn near the whole world. The true irony in your position is that you speak the language of our colonizer (The English) and the Mestizo's speak the language of their colonizer (The Spaniards) and here you are saying to the Mestizo's if you want to come to this land, you need to learn the language of "my colonizer". I sense a little Stockholm syndrome in your position.

The story of your nephew is indeed a sad story and your family is doing the right thing by moving him out of that school, but yet again your frustrations are directed at the wrong people when it should be directed at the system that fosters, allows and make possible the problem you are speaking about. Finally I am with the Mestizo's when they say Fuck America on the 4th of July, the 10th of November or on a sunny or rainy afternoon in late April. How can you sit there with a straight face and refer to the 4th of July (Independence Day) as "our national holiday"? Who is "our" and when Black folk get included in the "our" as used in your phrase "our national holiday?
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