Guest Voz: Anon 4, a frequent reader, commenter and friend to Immigration Talk with a Mexican American
Happy Memorial Day!
Being a veteran myself, I am happy to have a day off to thank all our past and present soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, by putting their lives on the line, so that we can celebrate our freedoms. I also wanted to remind your readers of the many contributions that Hispanics made throughout the history of our great nation.
According to Wikipedia,
“Did you know that Hispanics have participated in every conflict in which the United States has been involved, and over forty Hispanics have been awarded the Medal of Honor?”
I served four years in the military, including one year in Vietnam. The GI bill allowed me to go to college and buy a house. I have lived a long and prosperous life, and I am proud to call myself an American. All of this comes to a screeching halt, when I hear that Arizona passed a bill “sb1070” that discriminates against people that look like me, just because I happen to look like a Mexican. Well, my great-great-great grandparents were Mexicans. They lived in a part of Mexico that is now known as parts of Texas and several other states.
If I were to visit AZ today, I would certainly be questioned for my papers. But if a white European tourist was walking nearby, he would just as certainly NOT be questioned for his papers. This is patently wrong. I want to send a message to AZ that really gets their attention. I want to reiterate the challenge made by many to boycott specific companies based in Arizona, such as: Budweiser (Hensley), PetSmart, Dial (soap), Best Western, U-Haul, University of Phoenix, Discount Tire and Fender Musical Instruments. Here are a few more companies.