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God I'm old, does anyone even remember those PSAs or even know what the hell I'm talking about?

Lessons I should have learned by now:  When one looks forward to something, one will inevitably be let down.  Shit, is letdown one word or two, let down.  Maybe it's a hypen, let-down.  I suck.  Anyway, I guess I can get one thing off my chest...

I'll start by saying that I'm not even going to touch the immigration issue, that's complicated and there's no easy solution, I think Bush didn't really say much or resolve anything tonight, we'll see where it goes.  Just remember that not so long ago we had Japanese people locked up for no reason across the country, land of the free indeed...

Anyway, this is something that's been bugging me, and honestly I'm not sure if it's me being overly-sensitive at times of if people really are down right ignorant.  I live in a very diverse community, I work in a diverse environment.  I was brought up pretty well, I'd have to admit, and lucky enough to have friends and neighbors of every shape and color.  C'mon, who else do you know that grew up learning Spanish, English, some Tagalog and a little Assyrian.  At my current place of employment we have students from 59 countries speaking over 69 languages.  Long story short, I think I can honestly say I don't see color too often.  I see shitheads, assholes, and pieces of crap, but that's regardless of what color they are.  But I digress...

It seems that whether I'm on MySpace, LJ, MSN, or Xbox Live, whatever it may be, I've been running into a lot of racism lately.  Has the immigration issue ratched up this hatred?  Some of it might seem harmless, or like I'm overreacting but some would argue that racism should be fought in any of its shapes or formsI have a great quote about it somewhere that I can't remember right now.  Back on point, I'm playing Ghost Recon and people are like "let's shoot those Mexican's before they cross the border" or about not wanting to live in a certain area because it's full of "white trash and Mexicans".  I know, some of these people are kids, and I sure as hell am not going to try to be a parent or "treat" them online.  That's not my job, at least not when I'm off the clock.

Or is it?

Isn't it up to all of us to try to overcome prejudice?  I don't mean to get on a soap box but it's fuckin' 2006 and I know for a fact, that's it is not only little kids spouting "nigger" all over LIVE.  I know that some of these people have kids of their own.  This is what they're teaching.  This is what their kids will learn.  I mean, a lot of us play these games online, on LIVE, to get away from the BS of our lives.  Work, school, parents, life, whatever's bugging you, it's supposed to be a nice getaway, it just sucks having to hear these idiots bring you back to the real world.

You are some of the people I am talking about.  You post your little bulletins, you forward your "funny" emails, you spread the ignorance.  I'm just not sure how to fight it.  Some of you are my friends, and maybe you don't mean it.  Or mean it like that.  How am I supposed to say, hey that wasn't that funny, or that insulted me.  I'm not being sensitive, hell I'm not very PC my damn self.  So what's okay?  Where's the line?  I don't know.  When I was pledging in college, I was the only  Latino in my line.  I got shit from a lot of my friends and from the Latino fraternities because I didn't join theirs.  I was cool with it, the particular frat I was joining was pretty much everyone I worked with.  They were easy going and fun.  Anyway, one day during hell week, we weren't allowed to sleep, if I remember correctly.  Well, the rest of my line thought it was funny to start telling jokes, I'm always going to remember how much that shit hurt and how much of a pussy I felt like and still do, for not saying anything.  For just sitting there and listening to these assholes.  There's not much I regret, but that's one of the things I do.  Again, was/is it just me overreacting?  I mean everyone's either told one or laughed at one, what's the harm?

Anyway, this isn't a typical post, I just wanted to vent and maybe make one of two of you think a little before telling that joke or forwarding that message.



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May. 15th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
the more you know man, the more you know.
May. 16th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
i don't know if you got my comment earlier asking what your thoughts on the whole "border" issue. i'm really curious to know what you think. my grandpa and great-grandparents came from poland to this country, so i feel like i can understand the desire to immigrate. not that you or your family are immigrants, but just like i know people who have came from poland (not just my relatives but also close friends) i'm sure you know people who have in your lifetime came here from mexico. (actually, on a sidenote, i seem to know of several polish-mexican couples). i'm just wondering what you think of the border issue and what you think should or should not be done. if you don't want to talk about it, just let me know. i'm just curious.
May. 16th, 2006 02:20 pm (UTC)
I guess I must have missed your comments. I don't know, it's a tough issue. It's very hypocritical of the United States to frown on immigration, the country was based on and founded by immigrants seeking freedom. Truly only Native Americans can claim this land as theirs. Furthermore, when half the country was formerly Mexico, and a lot of the states go by Spanish and Indian names it just doesn't make sense. So there's a job issue, okay, well the jobs being taken for the most part are back-breaking, manual labor jobs, done very cheaply. I don't know about you, but those are jobs I wouldn't want anyway. Bush should do something about these companies outsourcing. Try calling a help line or customer service number sometime. See if it isn't answered halfway across the world by someone who will work for a fraction of what our minimum wage is. Sure we have to protect our border, but taking a hard stance against immigration isn't the way. Of course I don't think everyone should be let in, hell there's already what, 11, 12 million people here illegally. Ok, they're breaking the law, but it's the same way "stealing bread so your kid can eat" is breaking the law. Some might be here for other reasons, drugs for example, but that's another issue. If there weren't such a demand for drugs it wouldn't be such an issue. I don't know, like I said, it's complicated, but everyone should remember whether it was their parents, their grandparents or someone else down the line, someone somewhere immigrated here for a better life. Why shouldn't everyone get that opportunity? As far as the polish-mexican couples, they make some beauiful babies don't they? Heh. Latinos, Italians, Irish, Polish, I think we're all linked by the Catholic Church it's messed us all up since we were kids so we bond pretty well. Same religion, values, beliefs for the most part, it works well I guess. Although I'm not a regular Churchee McGee I think I'll eventually find myself settling down with someone of the same faith, belief system, it makes sense you know. Okay I'm rambling now, hope that wasn't too long. :)
May. 16th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
i share your empathy. however, to me, it's more about knowing who is in your backyard than anything else. if we can't catch 12 million people from illegally crossing our border than how are we ever going to catch someone who really shouldn't come into our country (i guess to bush this is the terrorists). i don't know. maybe the whole idea we can "protect" our country like that is ridiculous anyway. i know my grandparents sponsored even total strangers in poland to come over to the u.s. ... but i don't know. i think a lot of people feel like, yes, but why do they have to do it illegally? i don't know much about the process of becoming a us citizen, and i doubt it is exactly easy... but i don't know. at the same time, most i'm sure are decent people who are trying to make a life for them and their families. who can judge someone for that? i almost feel like we *should* grant amnesty to those already in this country. because at the end of the day we arent going to catch most of them... and like bush said, most caught end up staying here on a "catch and release" thing. so it's our fault they got in plus our fault they don't get sent back home... so maybe amnesty is the way to go. and then work on the borders to make them solid.. so no one (drug dealers, terrorists, and unfortunately good people) can get through via that method. and like every other country people would have to earn their citizenship.
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