This letter was passed on to me by Carmen Morales of You Don't Speak For Me. I bring it to you without commentary. It is from a 63-year-old American of Puerto Rican descent.
First and foremost I applaud and congratulate you on your stance against illegal immigration. On this matter you and I appear to be on the same page. In your message you wrote: “Yes, I am a Hispanic woman.” On this I beg to differ with you. You are a descendant of people who came from a Spanish speaking country. If your ancestors came from Mexico, then you are an American of Mexican descent. Please stop using false term of “Hispanic.”
For many years I have protested against the term “Hispanic” as a contrived governmental label with no validity that has taken root worldwide. There is no such thing as an "Hispanic" or "Hispanic culture." There are 21 individual countries around the world that speak Spanish. In most cases the Spanish language is the only thing they have in common. This false term has now become synonymous with being in favor or supporting illegal immigration. Both the term and premise are wrong.
You and I, that have been burdened with the false label of “Hispanic,” are living proof that many of us do not favor or support illegal immigration. Also, that we would label the securing of our borders as racist. We are in favor of legal immigration. We fully understand that 12 million illegal aliens in our country constitutes an invasion. We see, on a daily basis, the ripple effects of this invasion. For example, for every illegal working in a vegetable market or construction site there is a wife and multiple children being supported by we the tax payers of this nation. They use our schools, health facilities, social welfare resources, and infrastructure while contributing little or nothing to the public coffers. A good portion of their illegal income (illegal because they do not have the right to work here) is a large part of their native countries gross national product. We know that counties like Mexico depend on these illegally obtained American dollars to bolster their failing economies, and relieve political and social unrest.
Like you, I too was born in the United States. As a proud American of Puerto Rican descent my grandparents were not immigrants when they moved to mainland USA. I often ask those who label Puerto Ricans as immigrants: “Do you consider an Alaskan or a Hawaiian who moves to the mainland USA to be an immigrant?” The history of Puerto Rico, and its unique connection to the USA, is written in the blood of thousands of Puerto Rican soldiers that have fought, and died along side of their mainland brothers since WWI. Yet, this special relationship is lost as we are lumped together with every Spanish speaking legal and illegal immigrant in the USA under the banner of “Hispanic.” Further, I am against all of these celebrations and parades all in honor of this false title and premise.
There are, however, 44 countries that speak English. Using the very same criteria that is used to put all immigrants (legal and illegal), and the descendants of people who came from a Spanish speaking countries together as “Hispanic” I’d like to see the descendants of these 44 English speaking countries bound together, as we are, under a term such as “Britannic.” Further, I'd like to see them marching down 5th Avenue in New York City celebrating “Britannic Culture,” “Britannic Music,” “Britannic food” ….get the picture? People like you and I need to accept the term “Hispanic” when all the English speaking people of the world start calling themselves “Britannic.”
You wrote: “I don't cause damage to the United States, I pay my taxes. I work and I do not live off the government. By birth, I am guaranteed the constitutional right of freedom of speech.” Well, continue to stand strong for you are not alone. There are many of us who hold our political leaders, and the Spanish speaking media responsible for propagating the notion that the United States of America is the only nation in the world that does not have the right to protect its borders or enforce its laws. Further that this is the only nation in the world where someone can enter illegally then protest en masse demanding amnesty and rights. We who are patriots, veterans, fellow citizens, and American descendants of people who came from Spanish speaking countries do hereby proclaim that we are against anyone and everyone who has entered our country illegally. We believe that the only rights that an illegal immigrant should have in United States are the rights to be detained and deported.
People sould stop trying to craft new words and redefine old ones.
Mestizo. Plain and simple. There is nothing derogatory about it. Just like Mulatto, Quatroon, Octaroon, Sambo, etc. They are words that properly convey the 'descent' of the person.
Hispanic is 'from the Iberian Penninsula'. Technically, some of the Mestizos can claim this descriptive label, but not all. So it is inappropriate to call them all this. They are Mestizos. Latino is inappropriate as well. That is referencing their language, not their descent.
By hijacking the words Spanish, Latino, and Hispanic or creating new descriptions like "American of Mexican Descent" they are trying to fool people about their heritage. If there is nothing to be ashamed of, why do it?
The sooner people come to grips with what they actually are, the sooner they can find their proper place in the World.
Posted by: frank on September 8, 2009 09:20 AM
The only "gender specific" ethnic group -
Latino - male
Latina - female
Latini - bisexual
Latine - transgender
Latinu - asexual, no sex
Frank,I find your post OFFENSIVE AND I TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH,MOST OTHER SITES WOULD NOT PERMIT THAT KIND OF TALK ON THEIR WEB SITE.DO YOU PEOPLE NOT STOP AND THINK THET PROPLE OF COLOR READ THIS STUFF? AS AB AMERICAN CITIZEN,I AM FIRMLY AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.I'M ON YOUR SIDE,BUT WHEN IT COMES TO READING YOUR COMMENT I COME AWAY WITH THE FEELING THAT YOU MORE THAN LIKELY FEEL THE SAME WAY ABOUT ME.THE WORD THAT WAS MOST HURTFUL IN YOUR POST WAS "SAMBO" AND BY YOU USING THAT WORD HERE IT TELLS ME THAT SOME PEOPLE IN THIS COUONTRY WILL NEVER ACCEPT OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN.AT LEAST OVER AT ALIPAC YOU WOULD HAVE HAD AN EDIT FOR USING SUCH TERMS.I CAN TELL WHAT RACE YOU ARE BY THE WORDS IN YOUR COMMENT.ITS ASHAME THAT PEOPLE STILL USE THESE WORDS IN THE 21st CENTURY.MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU. BTW,IF I HAVE TAKEN THINGS OUT OF CONTEXT THEN I'M SORRY.BUT, I DON'T THINK SO.
Sambo is a term for a mixed raced person comprised of Amerindian and Black African with the Amerindian being from a Caribbean island.n It is a very specific term.
These words were developed when it was realized the errors of miscegnation perpetrated by the unscrupulous ancestors on all sides of the racial spectrum.
They are not Black and they are not Carib Amerindians....they are therefore Sambo.
Your post is comprised of nonsense. How in the world can you describe people if you cannot speak about what they are? How are you going to identify criminal suspects, LadyStClaire?
"The suspect is a man." -- not very descriptive.
"The suspect is a Black man." -- That narrows the suspects down to 13% of the population.
Get over your liberal mental disability before it causes you serious health problems.
Save your God's mercy for yourselves.
Also, they are only frowned upon by non-Whites because they are ashamed of the genetic error that they are. They want to be themselves, but identified like us. That is called a double standard, m-lady. It is typical of these people. They want the best of all worlds, especially ours.
Thanks for the thoughts.
Posted by: frank on September 11, 2009 09:47 AM
Wow, "genetic errors?" Seriously?
Well, if we're going to use these definitions, then we must also include anyone with red hair or blue eyes, both of which are considered "mutations" or "genetic errors."
It's high time we stopped treating people differently by the color or shade of their skin, or by the nation they hail from. Instead, we need to be considering each other's actions by the "content of their character."
And no, I'm not black, but MLK Jr was so right when he said that.
Really? What hateful propaganda have you bought into?
So you are saying that any gene that is common only in a certain population of White Europeans is a defect. That sounds racist to me....self hating racism is the worst. It is a genetic MESS when you have a psuedo-race out their that can't even replicate its genetic traits generation to generation. That is the state of affairs for all of the above mentioned people.
I would really like to know where you got such anti-White European hate from...
The genetic error was referring to the mixing of genetics and cultures.
You know darn well it more than the skin color. You know well indeed that the 'good hispanics' are a rarity among their people. Everything here and on your blog is laced with the racism you denounce...you are just afraid to acknowledge it.
Just be honest for Gods sake. It is not that big of a deal. They have so overplayed the "race card" it means nothing. So there is nothing to fear from being yourself.
MLK was a plagurist, a marxist, a criminal, and a communist party shill. If you are going to use that fraud as your noble goal, then you are going to be following this country into the toilet with false hope and corruption.
Upon further evaluation of your statement, I see what you are referring too.
But, you are placing a negative label upon a natural mutation that obviously has become beneficial for some reason aside from it physical appeal to others.
Consider, if this finding is correct (6k-10k years ago a single mutation occurred), why do 40%+ of Europeans (seems to be more, but that's the data) have blue eyes if it is a mutation in the sense your are referring to? HARDLY A MISTAKE or abomination such as miscegenation.
Also, if all things are "equal" why has it not "spread" or occurred in Asia or Africa? Becuase it is not appropriate for those genetically DIFFERENT people. They are different, therefore the rules of Nature have brought them to a different point.
Besides, all of this side talk is jut a diversion from the original topic.....labels....
Everyone gets tied up in side crap because they are uncomfortable with reality. So they try to shut people down with "I'm offended" or "your this or that"....trouble is when people have truth on their side, they are not very likely to be guilted into silence.
JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE YOU POINT OUT THAT PROMOTE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
So really what I am saying is: At times you are not much better than your enemy. You are not very constistent and they are and "we" are...at times it makes you look foolish to those that are on the fence. Knowing what youare talking about before putting fingers to the keyboard would go a long way in securing credibility.
Posted by: frank on September 22, 2009 01:01 PM
I am in total agreement with you, when Reagan was president he gave amnesty to alot undocumnented people hoping that it would help but instead the numbers exploded and now illegal immigrants have exploded to a big number in our states due to births people might critize this but its true for every undocumented women I have not seen them with less then one or two babies they end up having four or five not being conscience of the burden it has on our economy , Yes our economy because if her spouse is unable to find work because he is also undocumented the burden to feed the children is on tax payers, she will be given wic, foodstamps and welfare . Its not fair . The schools are over crowed not enough room and so when pre k starts it has become like a lottery it should not be like that and so it denies US citizen children getting into pre k because of the no child left behind act and so they have to compete now for a spot with an undocumented child from parents who brought them here or children who just because born here of illegal parents supposidly claim a right to everything american citizen children have.
•Immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, even before the current recession. In 2001, 50 percent of all immigrant households with children used at least one welfare program, compared to 32 percent for natives.
•Households with children with the highest welfare use rates are those headed by immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82 percent), Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent), and Ecuador (70 percent). Those
•The states where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent).
•We estimate that 52 percent of households with children headed by legal immigrants used at least one welfare program in 2009, compared to 71 percent for illegal immigrant households with children. Illegal immigrants generally receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children.
See on behalf of US BORN CHILDREN they are already paying for children of undocumented children because there parents pay taxes here in the states , The undocumented instead of paying taxes here they send the money they make here in the states to their country where they are building their homes, and making the economy in their country while they kill the economy here in the states