Thursday, March 30, 2006

Latinos, Represent with Dignity!


I want to get a serious point across to some of my readers who have e-mailed me recently critiquing my coverage of the Immigration Protests breaking out in the US.

I am in no way condoning violence, cheating or shaming. I believe that only people who truly deserve government assistance should get it, especially single mothers with children, the elderly and the handicapped. I believe that those that are physically able to work should work.

I believe that people of Spanish heritage should strive to be the best they can be through education, including learning the English language. While there is nothing wrong with speaking Spanish, it should not be used as a crutch or an excuse. It is embarrassing to hear some of my fellow Spanish speakers thumb their nose at the idea of learning the English language. People, this is America, and we speak English here.

I do not represent the total of the Latin-American opinion. Nor am I swayed by stupid anti-white or anti-American arguments that have been erroneously stamped Latino Issues. I think for myself and present the issues fairly and with common sense.

While the tradition of the protest march is deeply rooted within the history of America, the Immigration protests should be carried out in peace and within the letter law. It is the only way Latinos will get heard and receive the respect we have earned.

I have never and will never condone the burning of the flag of the United States of America. It is a disgrace to see this happening on the news.

My heritage is Puerto Rican and with all pride, dignity, thankfulness and respect, American by birth and by the grace of God.
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