Polish, Mexicans to celebrate heritage

Whether you have a taste for kielbasa or chorizo, Saturday in downtown Chicago promises to be full of cultural flavor as Polish and Mexican families celebrate major historical events of both countries. Full Story
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Viva La Raza

Chicago, IL

#1 May 2, 2008
Yup, we're gonna shake the city upside down!
Counter Indicated

AOL

#2 May 2, 2008
Just more...nonsense by people who'd rather take pride in either a nation who was conquered and reconquered countless times, and/or by those who come here in quest of freedom and a standard of living that allows them to survive being more...preoccupied with that / from whence they fled than with this nation - their refuge and home.
These...'celebrations' are embarrassing and insulting to those of us who do not preface ourself-reference as African-American, Mexican-American, Polish-American, Puerto Rican, etc, etc, but, rather, simply and straightforwardly as
'American.' Divide and conquer and we wind up with the likes of Stroger in goverment. How...revolting.
Jerome

Chicago, IL

#3 May 2, 2008
Dont give me that we're all American bs! White Americans have not treated non-white Americans the same and now you expect everyone to act "American" and unite as one? lol@you. Thats why us black folks refer to ourself as just "black" or African-American. Thats why Chicanos refer to themselves as mostly "Mexican-American" or just "Mexican". Nowadays most minorities view the "American" as someone white! Screw being an "American".
Pete Gonzalez

Orem, UT

#4 May 2, 2008
How times change! I can remember being a 2nd grader at the old St. Vitus and the nuns sat us darker kids in the back row and taught us seperately from the "White" Polish kids. They would try to scare the White kids by telling them if they failed to study that they would be just like the Mexicans.

Heck, both groups are perdominantly Catholic and listen to music with accordions.

Togetherness is a good thing.
NWE

Poland

#5 May 2, 2008
Counter Indicated - unless you're "Native American" you're "Something-American" whether you call yourself that or not. Celebrating your own heritage doesn't mean you don't appreciate being an American and all that this means - in fact I'd say first-generation Americans tend to appreciate that quite a bit more than the Daughters-of-the-Revolution types do.

http://nwe.pl
sjm

Michigan City, IN

#8 May 3, 2008
Jerome wrote:
Dont give me that we're all American bs! White Americans have not treated non-white Americans the same and now you expect everyone to act "American" and unite as one? lol@you. Thats why us black folks refer to ourself as just "black" or African-American. Thats why Chicanos refer to themselves as mostly "Mexican-American" or just "Mexican". Nowadays most minorities view the "American" as someone white! Screw being an "American".
Then GET OUT OF THIS COUNTRY JAGOFF & STAY OUT
More Loathing

AOL

#10 May 3, 2008
Jerome wrote:
Dont give me that we're all American bs! White Americans have not treated non-white Americans the same and now you expect everyone to act "American" and unite as one? lol@you. Thats why us black folks refer to ourself as just "black" or African-American. Thats why Chicanos refer to themselves as mostly "Mexican-American" or just "Mexican". Nowadays most minorities view the "American" as someone white! Screw being an "American".
"Screw being American" - eh, Jerome? That's EXACTLY what the post you reference was talking about. You sound like another hateful 'black' who spews hatred from the pulpit.
You wanna be 'African'- move to Africa. Being IN America means being supportive of the concepts of the country and of the aggregate well being of her people - regardless of race, family origins, religion, etc.
No, it's clearly that 'minorities' are separatists and the likes of you WANT to be separate. Well, you can't BE 'separate, but equal.' So, if you want your...equality, come join the human race, I mean society that gives you the freedom to spew such nonsense as that of which you write {Rev'd Wright - anyone}, or, head for Liberia.
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AOL

#11 May 3, 2008
NWE wrote:
Counter Indicated - unless you're "Native American" you're "Something-American" whether you call yourself that or not. Celebrating your own heritage doesn't mean you don't appreciate being an American and all that this means - in fact I'd say first-generation Americans tend to appreciate that quite a bit more than the Daughters-of-the-Revolution types do.
http://nwe.pl
An interesting and eloquent posting. However - and while I agree with you {in general terms} about the appreciation of America by first generation 'Americans', it's the...insistence of those who've been here for more than A generation to focus on their nations of family origin rather than America that was - I think, the authors' point your sought to refute. Feelings and posts - like that of 'Jerome', represent a disdain for the nation they live in. While most can fully appreciate {if not truly empathise with} the historical animosity of blacks to 'white' America, it HAS been 143 years since emancipation.
No, it appears to me that things like African-pride Day and the like only foster the animosities among races, creeds, colors and/or those of different religions. I'm reminded of the Protestant marches in Belfast and the riots that ensued.
By all means, take pride - where there's pride to be had, in herritage, but, let's also not forget that America's strength - in theory, is for peoples of different backgrounds to meld into one aggregate community of 'Americans.'
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AOL

#12 May 3, 2008
NWE wrote:
Counter Indicated - unless you're "Native American" you're "Something-American" whether you call yourself that or not. Celebrating your own heritage doesn't mean you don't appreciate being an American and all that this means - in fact I'd say first-generation Americans tend to appreciate that quite a bit more than the Daughters-of-the-Revolution types do.
http://nwe.pl
PS.'Native Americans' liekly came here across the land bridge that used to link Asia and North America where the Alutian Islands of Alaska are today. When you boil it all down / go back far enough, there's no such thing as a 'native-American', we're ALL immigrants and, as such, should work at being "American" - as opposed to 'x'-Americans. United we stand, divided we will surely fall, and falling we are. The current hate mongering {on all sides} in the presidential campaign, in city, county and state issues are demonstrative of the essential need for Americans to come TOGETHER - as Americans. The us vs them and divide and conquer mentality of so many is profoundly divisive.
USA USA

Naperville, IL

#13 May 3, 2008
Japanese, Irish, Polacks, Russians, Germans, Jews. Read up on history Jerome. No group was given anything right up from the start. Everybody earned it. "No Irish need apply" rings a bell?

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#14 May 3, 2008
If your all so proud of your heritage...go back.

Go back where ya came from and fight and die to make your country what we fought to make ours.

Otherwise, be the American you want to be and wave the flag of OUR COUNTRY!

And learn OUR LANGUAGE AND CUSTOMS!

“Love the City that Works!”

Since: Oct 07

Chicago

#16 May 3, 2008
NWE wrote:
Counter Indicated - unless you're "Native American" you're "Something-American" whether you call yourself that or not. Celebrating your own heritage doesn't mean you don't appreciate being an American and all that this means - in fact I'd say first-generation Americans tend to appreciate that quite a bit more than the Daughters-of-the-Revolution types do.
http://nwe.pl
My family was one of the first in Southern Illinois in the early 1800's. My ancestors fought in the Civil War (Union), WWI & WW2, and have instilled the importance of God, Family and Country. Were not some Johnnny come latelys whose only interest here is economic.

My other side of the family immigrated here legally from Ellis Island. One relative was returned to Italy while others were allowed to stay. They didn't protest, whine or moan to the government about families being seperated. My grandmother didn't demand that everyone else learn Italian or that documents be translated for her.

Two of her sons fought in the Pacific Theater in WW2 and her daughter, my mother, worked as one of the "Rosie's" in the steel mills during WW2.

How dare you imply that I don't appreciate the sacrifice of my family and understand what being an American is all about. If it wasn't for the sacrifices my family made, you'd be speaking German today.

More often than not what I see are people coming here, many illegally, that don't want to assimilate. They insult generations of Americans by displaying foreign flags on our soil without Old Glory waving above them.

Today I hope you enjoy your celbration, but don't insult the generations of Americans who made that possible.
Homer

Chicago, IL

#18 May 3, 2008
Joey K wrote:
If your all so proud of your heritage...go back.
Go back where ya came from and fight and die to make your country what we fought to make ours.
Otherwise, be the American you want to be and wave the flag of OUR COUNTRY!
And learn OUR LANGUAGE AND CUSTOMS!
Go back where? Mexicans have been here before whites were. The Polish here are celebrating their heritage. Who says they all have immigrated here? Chicago has many Polish-Americans. America is what it is thanks to all the different ethnics. Stop being so ignorant.
SilkyJohnson

Kitchener, Canada

#21 May 3, 2008
Joey K wrote:
If your all so proud of your heritage...go back.
Go back where ya came from and fight and die to make your country what we fought to make ours.
Otherwise, be the American you want to be and wave the flag of OUR COUNTRY!
And learn OUR LANGUAGE AND CUSTOMS!
Ur a Fing J@ckOFF
U have no clue what ur talking
"Go back where ya came from and fight and die to make your country what we fought to make ours.
"
R u retarded
do u even know what u are saying
do u know how many poles faught and died for their country and Yours!
Just another example of a ret@rded Uneducated American
Which most of u writing on this Topic, project urslefs to be
Do u americans talkin all this crap even know where Poland or Mexico or even Canada is
DUMB Dumbs
ahahah

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#22 May 3, 2008
Homer wrote:
<quoted text>
Go back where? Mexicans have been here before whites were. The Polish here are celebrating their heritage. Who says they all have immigrated here? Chicago has many Polish-Americans. America is what it is thanks to all the different ethnics. Stop being so ignorant.
I'm talkin about the jerks wavin other countries flags and having parades for other countries in my country moron.
You must be one of them cuz you obviously can't read and comprehend English too well yourself.

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#23 May 3, 2008
SilkyJohnson wrote:
<quoted text>
Ur a Fing J@ckOFF
U have no clue what ur talking
"Go back where ya came from and fight and die to make your country what we fought to make ours.
"
R u retarded
do u even know what u are saying
do u know how many poles faught and died for their country and Yours!
Just another example of a ret@rded Uneducated American
Which most of u writing on this Topic, project urslefs to be
Do u americans talkin all this crap even know where Poland or Mexico or even Canada is
DUMB Dumbs
ahahah
I'm sorry. I forgot to include Canadians as stupid illiterate morons too! There...all better
Robert

United States

#24 May 3, 2008
Joey K wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sorry. I forgot to include Canadians as stupid illiterate morons too! There...all better
Hey, Joey. Does this mean that us south side Irish can't celebrate St Patrick's Day because we would be insulting America?
Abe

Bronx, NY

#25 May 3, 2008
Although, I am proud of my Jewish and Polish heritage, I think America would be better off if all these ethnic parades/celebrations were gradually phased out. Here in America we should put our American pride FIRST. And that includes feeling strongly about keeping intact our Borders, Language and Culture. If these are violated then we really don't have an American nation do we.

As far as these ethnic parades/celebrations go, I will say I don't see as many American flags among the more recent ethnic groups that have arrived here. It seems the White groups for some reason have more American flags in their ethnic celebrations then other groups.
Abe

Bronx, NY

#27 May 3, 2008
miss butterworthless wrote:
mexicans suck- poland rules-
the mexicans will have urine running down thier legs by noon-- dumb axx drunk fools.
That's not nice.
Mexicano

United States

#28 May 3, 2008
Viva La Raza pinches gringos gordos y mensos!

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