An Op-Ed piece in today's Houston Chronicle is by a woman who married a legal immigrant from Mexico. One day while he was working in his yard someone pulled up and asked him how much he charges for yard work. Now she's pissed off at Anglo-American society.
I'll never forget the day when I first realized my husband was, in a word, "Mexican."
It was three years after we'd been married, and on July 4, 2005, Independence Day in the United States, sadly and ironically enough: While working in our yard, an unknown vehicle slowly came to a halt in front of our house.
The driver proceeded to ask my husband how much he charged. My husband was wearing dark shades, ragged clothes and a hat that held a long cloth in place to cover his neck. Just by the way he looked, he was dehumanized and his nationality was reduced to a set of unfounded stereotypes.
Before that day, I saw my husband, who moved to the United States in 2002, as an intelligent, hardworking and caring individual. His nationality and cultural roots were pieces of his identity that I found attractive.
Now all of the sudden because an "Anglo-American" criminal employer pulls up and asks her husband how much he charges she no longer looks at her husband that way? What a shallow bitch! Her comments are ridiculous. Let me remind her that, first off, this guy was trying to hire an illegal alien, so he does not represent all "Anglo-Americans". Secondly, if instead of whining about the problem she took a stand against illegal immigration, then there wouldn't be so many here that are of Mexican descent and her husband wouldn't be looked at as "just another illegal alien".
Really the Hispanic community has brought this on themselves by not taking a stand against illegal immigration. If Irish immigrants brought in 12 million IRA members into the country people would start suspecting that all Irish are IRA. Statistics color peoples opinion. The majority of illegal aliens are from Mexico.
Or how about in my case? Being Italian I can't tell you how many times the word "Mafia" has been brought up in the same sentence. Am I sitting around whining? No I'm not, and if there were more than 12 million Mafia members in this country of Italian decent I would expect people to assume I was Mafia as well.
So get a fucking clue lady. I love how these self righteous, politically correct people feel that America should bend to their will and that humans shouldn't be humans. When people see Muslims blowing up buildings and being suicide bombers, people naturally start to lean in that direction. When they see a group always being associated with something, they start to assume things. You are not going to change their minds if the situation continues.
You can however change the situation and kick out the illegal aliens - through enforcement and attrition by cracking down on employers like that dirtbag who insulted your husband - and then people's perceptions would become "all Hispanics here are legal and hard working" instead of some people's opinions that "they are all illegal".
Stand up and take action legal Hispanic and Latino community, you are letting gangs and illegal aliens color the perception of your community.
Bernard at A Certain Slant of Light puts it this way:
If you want to see first-hand how Mexicans are really treated unfairly by selfish, closed-society elites, I suggest, Mrs. Medina, you spend some time in Mexico, not in Houston, Texas. And by the way, Latinos from other Central and South American countries do not fair any better in Mexico than do its own indigenous poor.
Bernard has a lot more to say on this asinine op-ed piece. Go read it. And when you're done do yourself a favor and bookmark his website, it's that good.
Hi Kerby, my comments above were not necessarily directed at you, though I think you misunderstood my take on her op-ed.
Ralph who commented above is a troll that has been coming here posting pro-illegal alien comments for a long time.
The fact is a white guy pulled up and asked her husband how much he charges. She then took this and wrote an op-ed about how "Anglos", better known as white people, all assume that Mexicans working in a yard are illegal alien landscapers. It's not just Anglos that think this. Illegal aliens are so prevalent now (more illegal aliens come here each year than legal immigrants) that in Texas seeing a grubbily dressed Latino working in a yard has taken on a stereotype.
What are people to think with these overwhelming statistics? To combat this all I am stating is that legal Hispanics need to stand up and help get rid of the illegal aliens because they are ruining their good name. And the woman who wrote the op-ed should be angry at illegal aliens as well as the guy trying to hire them.
My assuming that the white guy was an unscrupulous employer is obvious if you read the original article. She was upset her husband was looked at as an illegal alien and the person trying to hire him was attempting to hire her husband who he assumed was an illegal alien, thus he is an unscrupulous employer, whether it's just one person he hires or ten.
Thanks for reading.
Posted by: Digger on October 11, 2007 03:39 AM