This has just got to be seen to believed. It is a letter from La Raza to it’s members: (via NRO)
This sounds like they don’t wish for the Hispanics to assimilate into our Country, doesn’t it? Anyone surprised?
I thought not.
The efforts of groups such as La Raza have worked well. I am confronted daily with Hispanics in South Central LA who cannot speak one iota of English. They make no attempt at trying to speak it, and they EXPECT that a Spanish speaking officer will arrive so their call for service can be handled.
A good example of this is in article in the Contra Costa times on Mar 25th:
Alicia Alvarado presses two for Spanish.
Nearly everything the 44-year-old janitor needs can be had in her mother tongue. She shops in Spanish, files police reports, talks to nurses and teachers and voice-mail systems. For 17 years, Alvarado has lived in a Spanish-speaking world, first in Los Angeles and now in Concord’s Monument Corridor.
Her continued monolingualism stems from cultural pride, a hectic life and the challenge of studying a foreign language.
“We don’t want to lose our roots,” she says.
Then, she blushes and adds, “when I first moved (to Concord), I was ashamed to attend English classes.”
You get that? Ashamed to be learning English in the United States!
Eighty percent of the customers at the busy El Molino Tortilla Factory in Concord are Spanish speakers, says owner Santiago Morales. Dozens of businesses up and down Monument Boulevard cater to Spanish speaking customers. Spanish is heard on every corner. Alvarado says she can get everything she needs without having to speak English.
And in Chinatowns, Koreatowns and Little Italys across the Bay, a melange of global consonants and vowels accompany their corresponding foods, art and culture.
“In this 21st century, we celebrate diversity, we recognize diversity,” said Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco. “We’re saying, ‘you’re in America, it’s important to learn English, but it’s also important to preserve that culture that you came from.'”
Yee said his mother, who has lived in the United States for 50 years, would have a richer life if she could read English newspapers and communicate better outside of Chinatown. Yee decries the shortage of English-as-a-second-language classes, but he also champions policies to provide more translators and promote multiculturalism.
The seemingly contradictory message of promoting both assimilation and multiculturalism hurts immigrants, says one researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
“I don’t think it’s a coherent message,” said Jose Enrique Idler, a national research initiative fellow at the institute. “We encourage you to become part of us, but we want to encourage you to speak your language.”
Immigrants should learn English so they can participate more in the political life of the nation, said Idler, who was born in Venezuela.
That’s a novel concept huh?
I would like La Raza to explain to me why learning English and American values would be dangerous to people wanting to come to this country? Explain to me why these idiots flying Mexican flags while proclaiming themselves to be American ever even left Mexico? If it was so friggin great that you would fly that flag in this country why the flying eff are you even here?
I would like La Raza to explain to me why learning English and American values would be dangerous to people wanting to come to this country? Explain to me why these idiots flying Mexican flags while proclaiming themselves to be American ever even left Mexico?