Racism, whatever the language
By Marie-Jeanne Cadle
September 09, 2008
I agree with Ms. Linne that Ms. O'Dell should have focused on
the point in rebutting Mr. Garcia's letter - if she, like others
of us could have figured out what the point was. Ms. Linne asks
if Ms. O'Dell speaks more than one language. I am not sure if
Ms. Linne thinks that reading or writing additional languages
would help Ms. O'Dell to understand Mr. Garcia's rant or have
compassion for his difficulty communicating.
While I am as white as you
get, I was born in Japan and English is not quite my first language,
nor was it that of my mother who was born and raised in France.
My first 4 years of school had me learning Spanish, in high
school and college I learned French. I learned at an early age
to communicate with and assist with translation for our neighbors
who were Korean, Phillipino, Japanese, Vietnamese, Cambodian,
German and others. I taught English in Japan for a year and
a half and helped with translations for business publications.
Despite all these languages that I have had to help people with
over the years I could not understand what point Mr. Garcia was
trying to make. In one sentence it sounds like he is making
hateful, racist remarks about Philipinos - which I think should
be banned from SitNews; the next almost sounds likes he admires
their work ethic, then back to hate mongering which seems to
be the main thread.
It is one thing for Mr. Garcia, or anyone, to address a specific
issue, in an understandable manner that can be intelligently
responded to. It is a whole other thing to visciously attack
another group of people because they look or act differently.
In fact such attacks are called hate crimes in many states and
punishable by law. We do not live in Nazi Germany where it was
acceptable to spit on others because they were different. Thanks
to my mother's family's work in the French Underground, I have
seen photos of what such hate mongering can do and it is horrible
beyond words. We like to think that can't happen again, but
just look at Rwanda, Sommalia, Serbia and so many other countries
when hatred is allowed to go unchecked. And on a smaller scale,
look how many hate crimes are perpetrated each year in the US
because no stands up to those who spew such evil and because
no one stands up to them they feel justified in their hate and
My father fought in 3 wars: WWII, Korea and Viet Nam, to protect
people from hate. He spent 6 months as a Prisoner of War after
being shot down in Germany, got right back in a plane and flew
again through 2 more wars because he so believed in the right
to live without persecution. My mother lost too many cousins
to count fighting the hatred of the Nazi Germans and had more
than one tortured beyond belief because they chose to stand up
for the rights of others.
I choose to stand with the Philipinos of this community and say
hate mongering is not ok!
About: "A Proud multi-cultural
Received September 08, 2008
- Published September 09, 2008
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