I did the post before this and walked away. Actually, being the "handyman" that I am I replaced a light fixture. (NOTE: If an anonymous commenter leaves a comment like "If your such a handyman then how come our garbage disposal still doesn't work" I have no idea who that is.)
But I stewed about that article from the last post. The whole "Latino's need help figuring out the law" or "Latinos are afraid of the police" thing bothers me. It bothers me not so much because my wife is included in that broad brush of people but because it is clearly a disingenious statement that is knowingly made.
Therefore I had to write Gabriel Rico, the Statesmen Journal reporter, to give her a piece of my mind.
Dear Ms. Rico,
Today you wrote an article about my wife. At least, I think that you did. My wife is Hispanic or a Latina, or whatever the race baiters would call her these days. (She simply considers herself an American)
But the article "With help of disc jockeys, police seek Latinos' trust" seems to imply that people like my wife are stupid. Imagine my wife's surprise when she found out that she was scared of the police because she "thought [they] were going to deport [her]." She didn't even know that being a Latino (Latina) was a deportable offense!
Imagine her even greater surprise that perhaps she may need a program about drug awareness (she just thought they were illegal) and traffic laws (which she obeys) simply because of her ethnicity.
And while she does listen to the radio she has never heard of DJs Don Angel and Jose Alfaro. Perhaps you could do a story featuring Lars Larson, a radio personality who she actually does listen to. Or does her ethnicity dictate that she must listen to the Spanish radio stations?
It was difficult to console her after she read this article but I explained that by "Latino" you really meant illegal alien. That's what you meant right? Because Latino's aren't afraid of being deported. Latinos don't need help understanding traffic laws any more than the general population does. Latinos aren't "afraid" of the police are they?
I hope that in the future you will refrain from insulting my wife, and the thousands of other Latinos in this state who are Americans, by correctly labeling the demographic that you are talking about.
Daniel [My last name]