Immigrant group clashes with candidate

Immigrant group clashes with candidate

There are 19 comments on the Johnson City Press Online story from Jul 23, 2006, titled Immigrant group clashes with candidate. In it, Johnson City Press Online reports that:

An illegal immigration protest in Jonesborough turned briefly violent Saturday when Carl Twofeathers Whitaker, a fringe candidate for Tennessee governor, was confronted by opposing demonstrators.

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David Webb

Nashville, TN

#1 Jul 27, 2006
I am glad that there is a person like Mr. Whitaker who is not afraid to stand up to the illegals in this state. I know that our present governor wouldn't do that. He is to much of a chicken.He wants their votes.I say go get em Twofeathers ...
You have my vote..

David Webb
DJR

Nashville, TN

#3 May 4, 2009
I'm not afraid of Mexicans, hell my neighbors are Mexican and they're among the best folks I know in this town. He works hard, his wife works hard and their kids are extremely well behaved and courteous.

The problem is our government and business caving into political correctness. English is our national language so why the hell do I have to hear some stupid recording on a phone tell me to continue in English press "1". Why can a alien get access to government help and health care when a hard working citizen can't get a little help? Why are 12 million illegal aliens still here? Illegal is just that, so why is one form of lawbreaking ok for someone who shouldn't be here in the first place, while legal folks who can't afford to buy a home have to pay and bail out those that thought they could afford a $500K home while making $30K a year? If we can afford to do that to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars why can't we come up with some cash to boot the illegals out?

Since: May 09

Johnson City, TN

#4 May 4, 2009
I agree I know alot of mexican's. Most are hardworking folks. but if they are going to stay here they need to learn english! Hello!! American's shouldn't have to adapt to them they should and want to adapt to the american way. which is speaking english!
jane

Ridgewood, NJ

#5 May 5, 2009
Of course they are "hard-working," but that is not the point. I'm from NYC. It's noon before I hear English. It's only 6% white protestants and half of those are gay and the other half work on wall street. You MUST PROTECT your precious way of life in your area!!! It is APPALACHIA and that is REALLY important, too. There is a living culture there of folk music, writing, ways of talking, religious history---and all that DISAPPEARS. Trust me. In about a generation, you will simply be surrounded by people who are completely different (and not just food, or habits, but real values). This is a real thing. I REALLY MISS being around a culture I recognize. I know a couple languages, I'm educated, blah blah blah. Especially when you're sick, or you get older, you just want to know your own folks. People do not understand this until it's gone. I am looking for SOMEWHERE ELSE to go. Not b/c I don't knwo other's can be "nice people too" But that's not the POINT. I have a right to be around my culture, also. It's totally ridiculous anymore. Stand up and protect a SMALL POCKET of the world for yourself. B/c that's ALL you're going to get---if that. Look at what's going on in other smaller towns s/a Minneapolis; it's approaching half non-white---fine, but the other people don't speak English, systems get overloaded---the whole thing. Sorry for rant. It's not that they don't work hard---it's that you have a right to services, non tax burdens, hearing your language, your own music. All this will soon be gone. Where I live people talk down America 24/7. It's just a way of life, they have a different history with the area.
jane

Ridgewood, NJ

#6 May 5, 2009
Sorry, but I just think it's really naive to turn a blind eye to how many areas s/a yours have been completely changed. Once it is total, you may VERY WELL no longer want to live there. America is FULL OF PEOPLE who are leaving the places their families have been for many generations, just to be able to hear their own language during the day (and even get jobs). This is the second area I've been where at first it was fine, but then it changed and you increasingly won't be considered without second or third languages for jobs. Thing is, you NEVER KNOW which population is going to be highly incentized to move in (Somalis in Minneapolis, for instance), so it's not like you even know which new language to learn, lol. You just have to move.

Somebody around the corner from me was brutally murdered by a "newcomer" worker. My place was robbed (a nice area, too), twice in one month. A non-English speaking police officer would not speak to me in English.

Please wake up.
DJR

Nashville, TN

#7 May 5, 2009
jane wrote:
A non-English speaking police officer would not speak to me in English.
Please wake up.
I find it hard to believe the police department has employed a non English speaking person to patrol on the streets. Bi-lingual I could certainly understand, but non English speaking....just doesn't make sense.
jane

Ridgewood, NJ

#8 May 7, 2009
DJR, I didn't say the police department necessarily hired a complete non-English speaking cop. He REFUSED to speak English to the people in the building where the robbery occurred. And this was down the street from where a young woman had been beaten to death in her apartment, then hung. The officer would not answer English speakers questions in the hallway. The precinct may HIRE bi-lingual, but that doesn't mean people will speak English on the job. I left within the month.
jane

Ridgewood, NJ

#9 May 7, 2009
Also...

I really don't, as you do, see "certainly" it making sense to hire "bi-lingual." I mean WHICH languages??? There's as many Somalis as Spanish, and various Arabs. I think there are over 200 languages spoken here, or something insane like that. Spanish is NOT THE one I hear most. Mostly Arabic, seems like. Or African languages. So bi-lingual with Spanish would not be the most useful, I don't think.
DJR

Nashville, TN

#10 May 7, 2009
Sorry Jane I guess I misunderstood what you said,
Your original post said "a Non English speaking police officer would not speak to you in English". To me that read as someone must have hired a non English speaking person to be a police officer, I understand your meaning now about REFUSING to speak English which I have to say would piss me off to no end.

As far as bi-lingual officers...... I would imagine it would just be best to hire bi-lingual or tri-lingual officers that speak the most common language or two besides English based on the local population's needs. But again English is #1 in this country and its plain old bullsh*t to not speak it to someone that only speaks English, particularly if your a civil servant of government worker.
jane

Ridgewood, NJ

#11 May 7, 2009
Thanks DJR. I think to understand the frustration some people feel on this, you've got to really have seen a neighborhood swiftly turn over, or whole city. My early memories are of Miami---and just boom, it became Cuban, which it is today. My friends family had to leave there (crime). There's no way where I am I could have stayed (NY), not after the murder around the corner and the weird police.(And it was an expensive neighborhood, NOT a slum!!!) That and more such stories has made me feel very, very motivated to move. I just fear it happening if I make a big move. Lots of people are feeling that. I've been reading topix for Raleigh and there's a long thread there that gives you a sense of folks getting overwhelmed by foreigners. It's how it was in Miami when it changed over. And it can happen very, very fast. Within a couple of years. The city/local governments don't seem to care and if you try to fight it, people act like you're a racist. But your way of life, culture, shops, foods, are gone. That's a reality I've seen happen. At first it can feel like a novelty if you're from a small town (which I was in Appalachian mountains), but then you realize your way of life is gone. So sorry if I overreacted. I know a lot of Mexicans are nice people. Anyway, I want a place with culture I'd be interested in--- where I am doesn't have anything I'd like.
Carl Twofeathers Whitaker

Kodak, TN

#12 Dec 28, 2013
I will be running again 2014 for governor of Tennessee thank tou
spurman1

San Antonio, TX

#13 Dec 28, 2013
I also know many people from Mexico, but they seldom speak with me since I only speak English even though I am a Hispanic. I was brought up speaking only English and we had no reason to learn Spanish. I worked with people that spoke only English, so it was hard to learn Spanish.
Appalachian American

United States

#14 Dec 31, 2013
I to have seen the other side of illegal immigrants. While working in government service program the women would claim to be single so they can get food stamps public housing wic etc. Yes they qualify because the children are anchor babies. Meanwhile their spouse or boyfriend has a good saying construction job and that is free and clear with no taxes. Their choldren are used as translators and most don't respect our laws regarding school. They are adding a burden to our government and they are here illegally. Most drive big trucks that a low income (they claim poverty to collect benefits) person could not afford. I know there are useless Americans too but they have family that work and pay taxes. Illegal immigrants are a burden.
Carl Twofeathers Whitaker

Kodak, TN

#15 Jan 28, 2014
David Webb wrote:
I am glad that there is a person like Mr. Whitaker who is not afraid to stand up to the illegals in this state. I know that our present governor wouldn't do that. He is to much of a chicken.He wants their votes.I say go get em Twofeathers ...
You have my vote..
David Webb
Reply.. Im running for Governor 2014 and you havent seen nothing yet watch ...
Two more feathers than U

Johnson City, TN

#16 Jan 30, 2014
Carl Twofeathers Whitaker wrote:
<quoted text> Reply.. Im running for Governor 2014 and you havent seen nothing yet watch ...
You haven't seen nothing yet? That is a double negative which implies you have seen everything.
Up Yours Joe Karl

United States

#17 Feb 16, 2014
Carl Twofeathers Whitaker wrote:
<quoted text> Reply.. Im running for Governor 2014 and you havent seen nothing yet watch ...
Great. You really have a chance. Seriously, why do guys like you, who know you don't have a hope in hell, run for election?

Don't you have some more indian artifacts to plant in construction sites? Indian my ass.
Help

United States

#18 Feb 23, 2014
All this just doesn't make sense to me.
Jackie

United States

#19 Feb 25, 2014
He doesn't stand a chance to win
Stand up

United States

#20 Feb 26, 2014
People need to stand up for what's right

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