In the comments to an eye-opening blog article by Jake Tapper, “Maria” writes at Sep 18, 2008 8:45:26 AM
Reading this article, and the comments to it, makes me realize just how out of touch is mainstream America with the situation of Hispanics in this country. I’m not talking just about undocumented workers (who some people here like to call “illegal”), but even Hispanic US citizens like myself. We love this country, help it grow, and still are not allowed to be part of it. This needs to change, so that America can be a better place for EVERYONE. McCain, for sure, would do nothing to change that. I believe Obama will at least try.
A Spanish speaking legal immigrant to and citizen of America, whether from Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba or Spain, has the same rights as every other citizen. It is true that immigrants to America, or any other country for that matter, are often mistreated by the native born. It happened in America to the Irish, Germans, Italians, Chinese, Japanese, Africans, Caribbeans and south Asians, and was much worse a hundred years ago than it is now. I make no excuses for bigots, but it is a fact of human nature. Generations of ancestry are no shield against it. The way to become all American is to embrace Americanism and everything that goes with it. Multiculturalism is a dead end. The melting pot, that metaphor for the American motto “e Pluribus, Unum,” is it.
When young Carlos and Lupe are brought up as Americans first, and barely speak Spanish at home and never while at school, then we will know that Hispanics have truly arrived as Americans.
It’s only a matter of time.
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