Wednesday, August 7, 2002
By FRED TRUJILLO
Special to the News
What is going on with this county?
I didn’t even know where to start when I first read Bonny Darr’s letter to the editor (Onus of ‘own’ — July 31). Even though Darr doesn’t take credit for the bigoted words that were downloaded from the Internet, the feelings and pride for them are still there “... I wish I could take credit for these words ...” However, Bonny, I must say that I agree with you on only one point: that immigrants who come here to stay long term should learn the language that is without a doubt a dominant language in this country — English. It makes them more successful in the work force and gives them a voice so that they might have their opinions heard.
My students at Hood River Valley High School and I have discussed several times that when one enters the house of another they are expected to abide by the rules of the house. On that note I tell them that when I go to Mexico or when I go into one of their homes I speak their language — be it Spanish or English. It is respectful and the people there seem to appreciate it, as I’m sure you do, too. But they too have adapted to the ways and the language(s) of the North American. It is in their interest to speak our tongue as it helps them to understand us and communicate efficiently.
So what shall we do, Bonny? Cut out the tongues of those who would dare oppose the teaching of the one and true language? Perhaps we should speak the language that is the most prevalent in the world — Chinese. Would that seem fair to you? And if these soft people don’t abide by the spoutings of a coward on the Internet (did you even wonder why it was anonymously written?) we can put them in camps, maybe even internment camps like we did with our proud and dignified Japanese-Americans during World War II? Or like Hitler did with the Jews? Maybe that would solve your problem because apparently being different is being anti-American.
I do not deny that America has its own culture, I often times relish it. Yet what aspect of our culture are you giving as an example by printing those words? Intolerance and fear?
Bonny, why was it said that Christian men and women of Christian principles founded this nation? What year was that? St. Augustine, Fla., was founded before the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock and they never would have made it, by the way, through the winter if the native peoples of the area hadn’t helped them to survive. How were they repaid? Disease, smallpox, the breaking of trust. I wonder if Christians out there are proud of those words after reading them? I seriously doubt that they would agree.
And when we don’t like what we see out there and it is not American enough for us what do we do? We plant our seeds of Americanism and change it! From puppet dictators in governments to barriers that separate cultures we ask them to tear down these walls and what happens to that culture? It is assimilated. It is absorbed. It is lost. It is forgotten.
So, what am I, Bonny? A politically correct, anti-American, hippie-pinko communist? I think not. I am a New American, one of tens of millions, now reborn thanks to your fuel for my spiritual fire.
¡Gracias de todo mi alma y corazon!