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GUSTAVO ARELLANO 

¡Ask a Mexican!

Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 10:00 pm

Dear Mexican: Why do some Mexicans expect us to learn Spanish instead of them learning English? (NOTE: I did say some, not most or all!) I’m offended whenever I am assaulted by listening to anything in Spanish on phone menus or see it on forms that I have to fill out. It’s even worse to run into someone who I need to talk to and can’t because they can’t speak our language (yes, this has happened to me; it was extremely embarrassing to have to get a female interpreter so I could tell a male janitor about a problem in a men’s restroom that he needed to know about. I never bothered the janitors at that company again). If Mexicans, or other Central or South Americans, know that they want to come to our country, hopefully legally, they should start to learn English when they make that decision, so that they can communicate when they arrive. I will never even visit a country without knowing at least a little, and probably a lot, of their language. I expect the same respect from visitors to, and especially residents of, this country.

Frustrated Native Citizen

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2 comments:

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 12:32 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 644

    It's Robin Martin pushing her racist agenda as Santa Fe's only daily with Ray Rivera heading the new, biased, shove it down your throat regime. Aside from the addition of outsider, ingrate, Gustavo Arellano, Somos Unidos has their own staff writer in Uriel Garcia. But we aren't just being spoon feed Garcia's pobrecitos stories on Santa Fe's ILLEGALS, now they are inundating us with national stories and filing them under the local section and the front page. This paper will never run a story on how the hemorrhaging of ILLEGALS in Santa Fe is causing a hardship on generations old LEGAL citizens.
    And by the way guey Arellano, most citizens who immigrate LEGALLY, chose to learn the dominant language. I'm not one of those English is the official language racists, but the migrants who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico come off as FU! USA, we are here to fleece your country because we are too weak to fix our own (and by the way, it is ripe for fleecing) , but are going to fly our Mexican flag high anyway, demand for every entitlement we can, and be completely ungrateful in the process. Sound about right Gustavo?

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1654

    New Mexicans have always had to work to make sure people knew that New Mexico was a culturally unique place, not just some small offshoot of Mexico. But now Santa Fe's local newspaper is importing a column about what it's like to be a Mexican in SoCal, as if that's somehow relevant to the New Mexican experience. I still don't get it.

    My best guess it that the New Mexican is running this column to acclimatise Hispanic New Mexicans to the Anglo belief that New Mexican Nortenos should feel some sort of solidarity with illegal immigrants because many of those illegals are also Hispanic. Seems a bit racist to me.

     

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