Monday, October 26, 2009

Latino in America: It Really Should be a Conversation Starter

If you didn't catch Soledad O'Brien's 'Latino in America' special, you need to. I think its an important look at the growth of the Hispanic community in this country in light of our country's failure to put into effect a comprehensive and comprehendable immigration policy. Like her previous documentaries on what it means to be 'Black in America', its sure to spark conversation, pro and con.

There are moving stories about the plight of undocumented children who come here looking for their parents; undocumented workers and a community of Hispanics whose assimilation into our country's community values which has transformed a dreaded neighborhood into one in which families celebrate the search for the American dream.

And then there is the segment which bothered me the most: the beating death of Luis Ramirez, an undocumented immigrant in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Almost as incomprehensible as the acquittal of Ramirez's attackers (they were convicted of 'assault'), is the assertion of residents of this community that it 'wasn't a hate crime'. Equally disturbing was the dismissive attitude that if Luis hadn't been there in the first place, that 'it wouldn't have happened'.

Whatever else, 'Latino in America' shows (and it does indeed reveal the wonderful pride and spirit of Hispanic people), it also shows that our country does indeed have a long way to go.


Chris said...

There have been many American citizens murdered by illegals but of course it isn't politically correct to mention that.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful fairy appeared one day to a destitute Mexican refugee outside an Arizona immigration office.

"Good man," the fairy said, "I've been sent here by President Obama and told to grant you three wishes, since you just arrived in the United States with your wife and eight children."

The man told the fairy, "Well, where I come from we don't have good teeth, so I want new teeth, maybe a lot of gold in them."

The fairy looked at the man's almost toothless grin and -- PING! -- he had a brand new shining set of gold teeth in his mouth!

"What else?" asked the fairy, "Two more to go."

The refugee claimant now got bolder. "I need a big house with a three car garage in Annapolis on the water with eight bedrooms for my family and the rest of my relatives who still live in my country. I want to bring them all over here" --- and -- PING! -- in the distance there could be seen a beautiful mansion with a three car garage, a long driveway, a walkout pati! o with a BBQ in an upscale neighborhood overlooking the bay.

"One more wish", said the fairy, waving her wand.

"Yes, one more wish. I want to be like an American with American clothes instead of these torn clothes, and a baseball cap instead of this sombrero . And I want to have white skin like Americans" ---and --- PING! -- The man was transformed - wearing worn out jeans, a Baltimore Orioles T-shirt and a baseball cap. He had his bad teeth back and the mansion had disappeared from the horizon.

"What happened to my new teeth?" he wailed, "Where is my new house?"

THIS IS GOOD ... . . . . . . ...


The fairy said:

"Tough luck, Amigo. Now that you are a White American, you have to fend for yourself."

And she disappeared.

Gerald Britt said...

Chris and Anon 11:35,

I think I'll refer you both to today's post and leave it at that...