I believe in the hyphen!

3-Compressed (1)Roberto Jara,
Alto, MI.

It drives me nuts when people say, “Let’s all be color blind, forget our cultures of origin and just be ‘American,’ instead of ‘Latin-American,’ ‘Asian-American,’ etc. I can be American and preserve by culture of origin! Those of us who come from cultures other than the dominant Northern European Culture, have something to contribute to North America as our country evolves. Life would be boring without Chinese food, Salsa music, etc. I’m proud to be Mexican-American. My suspicious side suspects that when people say, “Let’s just all be American,” that they just want me to forget my culture and be absorbed into their dominant Northern European culture and story. The story needs to grow! My ancestors didn’t come across on the Mayflower, they waded across the river and I am not ashamed. I’m proud of what they have done to make this country better by not being absorbed into a melting pot, but making a wonderful stir-fry of people from all kinds of beautiful cultures living side by side and creating a whole better than the sum of the parts!

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  • Suraska

    United we stand. Divided we fall. This is the United States. If you like Mexican culture so much then you should remain in Mexico!

    • barry irving

      …he’s an American stupid and from the sound of things, undoubtedly more evolved than you!

    • olblue9

      I would love to agree with Mr B Irving, but I am afraid that he would reverse his position just to point out all of the ways that I am wrong. ILOL?

      • barry irving

        …dude, you’re wrong because your thumb, forefinger and middle finger are involved in a conspiracy to project your personal high opinion of yourself on us unsuspecting bloggers. That’s just foul!

      • barry irving

        …dude, you’re wrong because your thumb, forefinger and middle finger are involved in a conspiracy to project your personal high opinion of yourself on us unsuspecting bloggers. That’s just foul!

  • olblue9

    Thanks for the practical and uplifting card… Maybe it was the Puritan’s that started the current movement against legal immigration? Thanks!

    • barry irving

      …AT IT AGAIN GEEHUH?

      …ALWAYS ON THE ATTACK…WHY SO SARCASTIC?

      …take a chill pill, try appreciating the beautiful gifts that citizenship brings knuckleheads like you! We work hard ( for ourselves )

      … but youz getz the bennies..dig?

      • olblue9

        ??? Do you have to read negative vibes into every sentence that you read, geez! I guess you flunked the class on comprehension?
        Sorry, we all cannot express our selves with the expert word skills of a PHD. But please consider the plight of the rest of the world that is not so well versed!
        Your inability to recognize soft humor concerning the current right-wing attempts to curb immigration numbers ” Puritan’s against hyphenated names? Ha? Please catch up.
        Bad pun..maybe. Attack…never…once again I agree with the card!!! I like hyphenated names! Not one thing wrong with a hyphenated name.
        GEEZ again. Thanks. Oh yeah I almost forgot…ILOL…

        • barry irving

          …you have to stir the idiot juice…sorry, but it’s a necessary thing!…ILOL!

          • olblue9

            Dat’s OK. I’m not a speedy reader, I like to savor the thoughts that a person express’ in print. Other folks like to read into what they want to hear. Thanks, ILOLWW?

          • olblue9

            Dat’s OK. I’m not a speedy reader, I like to savor the thoughts that a person express’ in print. Other folks like to read into what they want to hear. Thanks, ILOLWW?

  • barry irving

    …SHO U RIGHT!!!

 

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