In this wonderful nation made up of mostly (pre-illegal aliens) law-abiding people, we want only "immigrants" here (this word means ONLY people who come legally and respect Americans by respecting our laws). We do not want illegal lawbreakers (correct word in Immigration law is "illegal aliens" who come by breaking our laws) in this country. Tell Mr. "hateful" to get out and yes, go back to his wonderful crime-ridden, gang-ridden, drug-infested nation that is falling apart because of a corrupt way of life. We only want law-abiding immigrants here. Bye-bye!
I know it is fun to blame Republicans for everything from the weather to Mitt Romney's dog being carried on the roof of a car, but Mexicans were able to elect Obama for a second term. I don't know how it happened, but how can you doubt what the news media says?
It does not seem as important to me as it seems to Republicans and Democrats. I am an independent voter. The news media says that independent voters are really Republicans and Democrats, except they cannot run for public office like Republicans and Democrats can. But the news media says there are a very small percentage of independent voters who are true independents. Maybe that is what I am. As far as I can tell, I am the only person in the United States or Mexico who does not want to be a gang member. Well, I am going to stay tuned to see what the news media says next.
Asians have a reputation for being some of the smartest people in the world (if not the most intelligent), when you look at IQ by region. Many have risen up from immigrants to the middle/upper class in muchos paises hispanicos, in a relatively small amount of time. Personas with nada entre las orejas, look down on races different from their own.
Seriously, the vast majority of the indigenas in central/south/north America can trace their heritage back to Asians who migrated across the land bridge. Maybe Latinos are concerned that their ancestors (be they Chinese or Japanese) were kicked out of these lands instead of it being a willful migration? Who cares!? After all, the ancestors of many Australians were criminals who lived in penal colonies, and Australia is a modern nation. It is plain to see the asian genetic influence in natives such as the Mayans, and in the facial characteristics of many Latinos, including Mexicans, as well as in many native americans.
When you look at the potential number of immigrants from all countries of the world that want to come to the United States, the number is in the hundreds of millions . . . if they all came in the same year, it would be a humanitarian disaster. Yes, the United States is strengthened by immigrants, but I believe that the system should be setup to favor legal immigrants from a plethora of countries, not primarily Mexico and central American/South American countries.
Immigrants from Mexico have an advantage due to the close proximity, but because coming here illegally is wrong, (violating the laws of another country), they have a need to psychologically justify it by arguing that their ancestors had a tie to the land, and/or thinking that whites are inherently racist and therefore breaking U.S. laws is ok.
If I illegally entered Germany, I'm not so sure I would be demanding that the German public school system educate my children with special English/German classes, and that they employ affirmative action programs to help me, and my children, get jobs, while I attack the Germany government as being full of "Nazis" and that Americans like me should have special privileges, such as special history classes that focus on American history, rather than the history of the host country.
I feel sorry for what is happening to people in Mexico, such as those women mayors/police chefs who have been attacked and killed. But, MAS supporters who are militantly hateful of Americans are a problem as such attitudes should not be codified in special classes for certain ethnic groups. From many accounts, the MAS course texts seem more like supplemental reading that is not peer reviewed, than history texts which try to be objective and which look at everything that has happened in this country.
Would white students be allowed to have a special course using books written by Limbaugh and Fox News folks? Doubt it. I really don't like Limbaugh, and I really don't like MAS studies and the attitude they perpetuate and don't want either in the public schools that my tax dollars fund.
So ... going with the human theme - what part of human is not operable in Mexico - you see this stopped being immigration when the numbers soared to millions - I am more concerned about a government which methodically exports millions of its own citizens breaking up families ( a real tear jerk-er on this side of the border) - sometimes brutally - and setting wages so low they cannot support themselves ... all the while huffing and puffing about "human rights" ... so help me here - human rights start north of the border and south of the border at the southern end of Mexico but not in between?
Being part white and American Indian, I have trouble understanding why Latinos feel that the school system (via programs such as MEChA) should be responsible for propagating Mexican culture. There aren't many special programs for Natives, and though I'm part Irish, I haven't seen special education classes for Irish students (of which there are many of this descent in the US, tens of millions who don't know it). I agree that traditional ways of life are important, just look at what happened on reservations when gangs culture was imported from California.
What if on St. Patrick's Day, those with Irish blood wore green arm bands and attended special classes for Irish year round. There are books, popular actually, which describe with great pride how mostly white countries, such as Scotland "invented the modern world" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_the_Scots_Invented_the_Modern_World) due to advancements in engineering and the sciences. But of course, such texts would not be appropriate in schools. I would not think it is a good idea for white student to read books that tell them how great various white cultures are, in an effort to make them feel special in order to push them to achieve.
But culture, religion, all of that is part of the separation of church and state. That America is a melting pot is a good thing about this country. If immigrants never learned english, you would have enclaves of people who didn't care to interact with others. I have sadly seen this happen in California where there are Japanese who have lived for decades, but don't care to learn English as they believe Japanese culture superior . . . and they often have had problems with navigating the US educational/legal system.
From a white/Native perspective, Latinos appear like modern day conquistadors which pepper their speech with Spanish words, almost as an afront to those who don't have the mixed racial and cultura legacy of La Raza. I speak Spanish, but I don't use around those who don't speak it much.
Latinos face huge hurdles, higher rates of unemployment, incarceration, higher incidence of STDs and are more susceptible to diabetes, and lower achievement in schools. I think they should emulate more successful communities such as the Jewish community, which uses religious institutions, to foster a deep appreciation and love of education.
I am for helping Latino kids in school, and I honestly think that nutritional education classes, mentoring with Latino and non-Latino teachers/mentors is the way to go, ethnic pride is a trap that will isolate the Latino community further, and give them a distorted view of their culture.
You write: "But Mexican ska's greatest contribution to the form is the mixing of punk attitude and political commentary..."
I agree that a "punk attitude" is a welcomed and original contribution to Mexican ska.
But I'm not so sure about "political commentary," because it was the great reggae man, Bob Marley, whose political commentary totally radicalized this white guy when he lived in Jamaica for a few years, back in the late 70's and early 80's.
Colorblind in Katy - Racism is a ploy for power. White people are losing the power with the browning of america and thus discriminate against those they see as inferior; which of course is bullshit because we ARE all equal as human beings.
This Mulch Man brings to mind Another PENDEJO
Who has AGAIN re-Surfaced - You know the 'one' the flaxen/flaccid-Haired Molehill of Insipid-Exasperation...the DRONE of Manhatten himself-
HOLA 'Ask A MEXICAN' --- Thank YOU for keeping the 'Pendejos' - the 'Coconuts' Y 'LA RAZA'---INFORMED...(El Puto-Pat Buchanan)-I Know you're READING-THIS!!!
"As for why you haven't experienced racism, Barranca Baboso: Irvinites probably think you're Persian. And don't use Wikipedia for pulling quotes."
What s stupid comment. Really want to experience some racism in the U.S? Try being Persian/Middle Eastern in Orange County, post 9/11. Even the Mexicans feel they have the right to be a racist towards you! Talk about a new low!
Thank you Tucson Weekly/Many pander to maintain their jobs, have you ever?
riorican, you're lucky you didn't suffer 'death by a thousand Rascals' down in GV. I wouldn't be surprised if those angry old retirees' scooters didn't have rabies, for all of the foaming at the mouth that goes on down there.
I had a "México, creo en ti" sticker on my back window until it was scraped off when I parked my car in Green Valley.
What a pinchi bunch of malarkey. We Mexicans enshrine death because enshrining an ice cold michelada and tripas de leche tacos is too much for our mental palate of good culture.
Seems the drug cartels are also safe from criticism. Unless you're trying to get a sister raped, four tires slashed, your windows broken, and your children beheaded for telling them how worthless and small-in-the-pants they are. Even the Virgin of Guadalupe thinks they're losers.
Living on the border... Do you think that the Civil War was a democratic process? It was an act of attrition that freed th e slaves from tyranny. Now, do you see the act of military personnel waging war against unarmed migrants an action in favor freedom?
NO tengo verguenza; oh, well; callate el hocicio!; xenophobics!
Tavo, Keep pissin off (and on) the Nativists. The comments sometimes are as good as your column. Lookin forward to more...
..While somethings were funny, I don't agree with what happen in Denver! Enough of this crap!
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