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

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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.


Yes, part of my problem is with people who make such concessions--and we as Blacks are those people! We make the concession every time we quietly pull our children from schools that turned from English language to Spanish overnight, instead of demanding that our children be given adequate education in the dominate language of the country. We make a concession every time we leave a neighborhood that is quickly deteriorating in cleanliness, value, and safety instead of calling the proper authorities and reporting the disturbance and safety hazard that twenty people in a three bedroom house creates. We make these concession because we have the mentality that it is just easier to go somewhere else than to nip the problem in the bud. And as a temporary solution, it is easier. However, as a long-term solution, it mereley makes things so much worse. One way to stop this mentality of making concessions this is to take a fundamental stance against illegal immigration that isn't in our best interest.


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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.


Oh, but my anger is directed at the system. The incoming immigrants are part of that system, and not just some periphereal factor. When you knowingly work to my disadvantage, then you are included in the system, and while perhaps not as culpable as those higher up who shrug and allow such a system to develop in the first place, you're still culpable.

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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".


So just because my native langauge happened to come from some other racial group, I have no right to demand that illegal immigrants who find their way into this country should at least respect that langauge not try to force their language on me? I don't care where it comes from! It's mine! I've spoken it all my life, as have everyone in my family I can trace back to the late nineteenth century. For anyone who wants to wittily suggest that I expand my horizons my learing Spanish, I have, along with two other langauges, so please don't bother.

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How can you sit there with a straight face and refer to the 4th of July (Independence Day) as "our national holiday"?

How can I sit here and think of it as my national holiday? [rant] Well, I'd like to think that the blood of all the Black men (and more recently women) who died in the armed forces entitles me that right. I know the history of Independence Day, I know that Blacks were were viewed as little better than cattle. It's not the origins or the reason that I honor, it's the sacrifice that it symbolizes. While our men may have been defending a country that didn't even see them as citizens, the fact that they died for this country, many willingly, leads me to at least honor their courage and sacrifice. We've been here for centuries, our men have poured out so much blood in defense of this land. To me, it shows perserverance in the face of oppression, and success. [/rant]

Sorry for the rant. Getting back to the topic at hand: I'm actually not against anyone saying "fuck America" on ID in general. However, if you willingly migrate here, attain a much better life than you would otherwise have, and then refuse to leave, you have no right to criticise anything here. If your house is in shambles and you find refuge in mine, then who TF are you to criticize the way I run my household?

off For the record, I think of the whole Revolution little more than a temper tantrum; the "Revolutionaries" were fighting in part against taxation without representation, when really it was the native English who had more reason to be pissed that money they scarcely had was being used to fight the wars and finance a population of wealthy folks and criminal deports in a land they'd never see.
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