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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
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Now Playing: as i would not be a slave, so i would not be a master.
I don't understand why it's not offensive and demeaning for the President of the United States and people who think like him to say that he welcomes the huge influx of cheap Mexican labor because the Mexicans are only here to do "the jobs that Americans won't do for themselves." What the hell is that supposed to mean and why is it being tolerated? Is that the price of admission for Mexican migrants? To know their place and to keep to it?

Uh, listen, pal. I don't know what you're driving at, but I don't like it. You want to colonize Mexican labor in your own yards and kitchens and factories ---and then pretend that there aren't consequences in that? These people do not vanish into thin air after your drop them back off at the Home Depot or when they pile into the trailer with the mowers and weedeaters and ramble off. These people are making their lives here. They inhabit communities inside of communities. If these are unassimilable enclaves now, don't doubt for a moment that you had something to do with that.

Americans should speak English. That's all I know to say on this issue of illegal and legal Mexican immigration. You want to come and stake your claim? Okay. You're going to do that, anyway. But make sure the kids are literate in English. Bilingualism is fine, too, but everyone needs to be able to communicate and that should be the price of admission. Before all else.

When in Rome, amigos. You know? Because the surest way to dissolution (by way of second-class citizenship) is to be ignorant of the dominant tongue.


Posted by Toby Petzold at 12:20 AM CDT | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink

Thursday, 6 April 2006 - 5:27 AM CDT

Name: Rider

ignorant of the dominant tongue

Texas became a majority Hispanic state a couple of years ago. Now what?

Friday, 7 April 2006 - 5:03 PM CDT

Name: Toby

Rider:

Texas became a majority Hispanic state a couple of years ago. Now what?

Your assumption is that all Latinos are Spanish-speaking. That isn't true.

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