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Brighton, TN

#1 Jun 9, 2010
Can someone explain this phenomona to me? And I don't mean the white racists only. I'm talking about the blacks, whites, mexicans, etc. Also, why is it that the people of this town and others like it feel that people have to lose their cultures to be effective members of society? Or why do people have to speak English to avoid racism? I'm asking for a diplomatic responce, not ignorant remarks that are geare towards racist propaganda.
get use to it

Ripley, TN

#2 Jun 10, 2010
Its here, its gonna be here, and there's nothing thats gonna stop people from being racist. No need to rant and rave about it.. its not gonna change anything.. all its gonna do is make people argue about it.
American

United States

#3 Jun 10, 2010
This is America point blank. Our native language is english... Point blank! If some 'outsider' loves this country enough to want to live here, learn the language. Cross the boarder legaly! You ever been to any south part of Florida? In most places down there, you can't go in a store and speak english - nobody will understand you! You ever get gas, or stay at a motel, hell... Ever been to a Dr.? Our country gives (yes- gives) these people tons of money that I would rather see go to our school system! Spend american money on americans.
Former Ripley Resident

Houston, TX

#4 Jun 10, 2010
American wrote:
This is America point blank. Our native language is english... Point blank! If some 'outsider' loves this country enough to want to live here, learn the language. Cross the boarder legaly! You ever been to any south part of Florida? In most places down there, you can't go in a store and speak english - nobody will understand you! You ever get gas, or stay at a motel, hell... Ever been to a Dr.? Our country gives (yes- gives) these people tons of money that I would rather see go to our school system! Spend american money on americans.
Hahah I'm going to play devil's advocate here. What's the official language of the USA? If you said English your wrong. There is no "official" language. I think it should be English but it is "official." So complain to your congressman about it and maybe we can stop seeing spanish directions on everything that's printed.
Not the one

Brighton, TN

#5 Jun 10, 2010
Being bilingual, I reserve the right to speak which ever language I choose to speak. And you're right, I feel like everyone should know English also so that business interactions go smoother. My only problem with other-than-English speaking people is that my family learned English when they came to this country. Thy had to because if they didn't, they wouldn't have prospered. That's why I think everyone has the right to speak whatever language they want, but they should also know English. And as far as the Florida thing, when you have an abundance of people that speak a certain language in one area, you're bound to have that language being the predominant one used.
grad

Nashville, TN

#6 Jun 10, 2010
Personally, I think a lot of racism comes from each group setting themselves apart as victims. I even know blacks who I would call racist against blacks.(i.e. studying or doing good in school equals "acting white") When each person assumes that he or she is equal to those around them and stop trying to dwell on differences or how much harder they have to work to prove themselves, it will be possible for things to change and become more equal.
Not the one

Brighton, TN

#7 Jun 11, 2010
I agree. To acknowledge the stuggles of a group of people is one thing, but to dwell on that spawns racism. I can write a book on the problems my ancestors faced upon arrival in this "great nation." But you have to see this and strive to advance and not be stuck in the past.
grad

Nashville, TN

#8 Jun 11, 2010
Well said. I don't want my post to sound like I am against aknowledging that things have not always been right, but we all have opportunities to do well now. Not all the opportunities are as good as we would like, but people from a similar area have similar opportunities regardless of racial background. My way of seeing it is that most of us who are here now have not had those struggles and should not depend on them to give us any entitlement. I know I want to work for everything I get and earn it without help based on color, gender, or ethnic origin.
Just me

United States

#9 Jun 12, 2010
I don't care what color you are but... PULL YOUR DAMN PANTS UP!!! It shows the rest of the world how ignorant you are. And 'milk' does not have a 'r' in it... Neither does 'question'. How 'bout these schools!!!
noticed

Memphis, TN

#10 Jun 12, 2010
Pants on the ground.... I agree. that is stupid. My son tried that crap and he got a wedgie right quick...The kids are going to run our country one day. That is sad.
harleydog

United States

#11 Jun 12, 2010
Not the one wrote:
Can someone explain this phenomona to me? And I don't mean the white racists only. I'm talking about the blacks, whites, mexicans, etc. Also, why is it that the people of this town and others like it feel that people have to lose their cultures to be effective members of society? Or why do people have to speak English to avoid racism? I'm asking for a diplomatic responce, not ignorant remarks that are geare towards racist propaganda.
when in rome. i have been in foriegn countrys, and although i spoke english only, i did have to learn enough to communicate somewhat effectively. this country was formed by immigrants, but they came to america to be americans. that just about says it. as far as race, if u dress and act successful, u might be successful, instead of acting like u can be any kinda way u want and that should be good enough. it will not work, and in most cases, neither will the person who behaves in this manner. its okay, if things keep going the way they are, we will just be a bunch of mix breeds anyway.
glasses

Collierville, TN

#12 Jun 13, 2010
terrific thread.
English is the language for air traffic controllers all over the world, by the way.
Former Ripley Resident is correct, we do not have an official language. However, I would like to see American English being made into law as our "official language".
When people from other countries came as immigrants, they came to become Americans the legal way. Hopefully, they kept their language and culture at home as important parts of life and who they were to teach their children. But the learned English and did become Americans, not hypenated Americans.
Probably most of us on this board are among those. Unless you are of the Peoples, the American Indians, you are an immigrant from some point and time.
I never was racist, but am becoming so because of the way people are treating my country, my military, my flag. My family's blood has been spilled for these things. I feel strongly that America was founded on God. Jesus Christ and the military are the only ones who have bled and died for us. Those who are against both are against freedom. They are the racists.
Not the one

Brighton, TN

#13 Jun 13, 2010
Glasses, not being a Christian and not supporting a country is NOT racism. The statement alone shows signs of idiocy. I'm not calling you an idiot, I'm calling your statement an idiotic one. My family came here and did assimalate into American society, but I haven't. I've felt for a long time that this country and it's inhabitants were getting worse by the day. Immigrants come here not because of the awesomeness of the country, but because it's an ace, or atleast a Jack, compared to the old country. That's not to say the old country is still worse off than America. I'd gladly pack up and go to Italy or Ireland. I feel that racism also buds from civil inequalities like that of the early 20th centuries for the Irish, italians, blacks, Asians, and many more. I can kind of understand where that would be a sensitive subject being that that wasn't that long ago. And now the torch has been passed onto the mexicans and the gays. America itself is breeding more racism and biased.
American

United States

#14 Jun 14, 2010
I totally agree with glasses. An analagy as a parent would be this: I live in a hous with children, if I have guest over(much less living under my roof) they are expected to follow the same rules (laws, if you will). If they dont they will be asked, then forced to leave. I never said english was the 'official' language, but what is considered our native language? Havent looked at an encyclopedia or blue book in years, but seemed like I remember it calling english an official language. I may be very wrong, but if any one of you had to write an essay on United States language what would you classify as the official language? Lets be real here! Would all of these immigrants stand up for the united states (in which they live) if we went to war with their native country in which they are so strongly holding on to their heritage? In other words, if Burrito Sanchez is living here talking like dora the explorer, and we go to war with mexico- whose side will he be on?? If your heritage is too special to leave back home... Then GO BACK HOME! Commit to SOMETHING, dont ride the fence. You traveled so hard to get here for something, do it legally and support this country not just in war, but everyday life. If you cant commit to the USA... Go home, you dont deserve to be here.
Not the one

Brighton, TN

#15 Jun 14, 2010
Burrito sanchez? That's what I would consider RACIST. I'm sure that the Mexican immigrants would be on standing for whichever country was right. As I do myself(I'm not Hispanic). And what of the children of immigrants that would love to go home but can't due to money issues? If it was such a problem, how come Mary Sue Adams and Dave Smith don't put together an organization to send these very people back? I don't guess Burrito and Salvatore are worth the trouble, just the bitching and the racist inuendos. You see, there's a racist in the heart of every W.A.S.P. In this country.
American

United States

#16 Jun 14, 2010
Money problems? Jobs here pay many times more than jobs there do. You want to live in america you need to support americans. Trust me, if illegals wanted to go back home all they would have to do is tell any law enforcement officer and poof... On their way. But no, never heard of anyone having trouble getting back! Look at the boarder situation- no illegals GOING INTO MEXICO! Right? Come here legally, work legally and support the US if this is where you want to be. I never heard of anyone wanting to escape from the US. If so, there are plenty of rednecks willing to help! Be realistic... Want to go back, but cant afford to... Are you on crack? Why did they come anyway? Big dreams of picking tomatoes? Get real. And that just covers some of the immigrants. If you (any nationality) are ready to fight to come to the US, you should be ready to stand up and fight FOR this country you so desperately want to be a part of!
Not the one

Brighton, TN

#17 Jun 14, 2010
As I'm sure you don't know, European countries in the late 18th-early 19th century were torn apart due to wars and poverty. That's why they came here. Now, the very country that promises hope and happiness to the poor, hungry, and tired are now turning them away. Rednecks can barely afford to take care of themselves much less help out a poor immigrant. If I had a chance to I would flee for Europe faster than you could say immigrant. Hell, at least Canada.
American

United States

#18 Jun 15, 2010
Run along. I can pack you and about 26 more in a van and drop you off at our great north border! Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. I noticed you didnt want to go south??? Maybe you agree with the 'border issue' I spoke of earlier. If you dont like it here... Go, just go. According to you, immigrants came here to escape poverty - so money problems didnt stop them from getting here... Sure the shit shouldnt stop them from getting out. How many pesos did they change over to dollars as they crossed over. And on the rednecks wouldnt help... Define your help. A ride across the border would likely be done... Feeding you and giving you shit for free is what our government does - not rednecks. After all... Isnt THAT why they are here? Handouts???
glasses

Collierville, TN

#19 Jun 15, 2010
not the one, do you prefer socialism/communism? do you prefer "spreading your wealth?"
So simple

Brighton, TN

#20 Jun 15, 2010
Glasses, I do prefer socialism. American, the help I'm refering to is being able to sponsor someone to get them back where you think they should be. I didn't mention going south because I'm aware of the situation the Hispanics are facing in Mexico, meaning I am sympathetic to the reason they came here in the first place. I believe in what America was founded on, not what it's became.

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