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29 March 2006

I Like Immigrants

Literally, yes, just for the record - all the Latino immigrants I encounter - the guy who makes my sandwich at lunch, the guys who cut grass in the neighborhood, who paint houses, clean homes and offices - lovely, pleasant people all. It's too bad their grandchildren are going to want to cut our throats when they're still making sandwiches, cutting grass, painting houses, cleaning offices...

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahah wetbacks.

March 29, 2006 12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their grandchildren might resent the fact that their taxes will be going to support our Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Peter
Iron Rails & Iron Weights

March 29, 2006 11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seen this poll?
http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=%5CNation%5Carchive%5C200603%5CNAT20060320b.html
(...)
Seventy percent of Americans said the U.S. is wealthier because there is plenty of opportunity and work available in the United States, but 62 percent of Mexicans said the U.S. is wealthier because it exploits others, the Zogby poll said.
(...)
The Zogby poll examined how Americans and Mexicans regard each other. It found that 62 percent of Americans believe a strong relationship between the two countries is important for America's future; but only 52 percent of Mexicans said it was important for their country to have a good relationship with the United States
(...)
On a personal level, 84 percent of Americans said they held a positive view of the Mexican people, but only 36 percent of Mexicans had a positive view of Americans.

Other findings:

-- 78 percent of Americans consider Mexicans hard-working, but only 26 percent of Mexicans consider Americans hard-working.

-- 18 percent of Americans consider Mexicans racist, while 73 percent of Mexicans see American as racist.

-- 42 percent of Americans see Mexicans as honest, while only 16 percent of Mexicans see Americans as honest.
(...)

March 29, 2006 12:49 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

So I guess when I said "grandchildren" I was being too optimistic - the pent-up anger is already well developed.

March 29, 2006 7:21 PM  
Anonymous jth said...

Forget the Mexicans, I want to cut your throat.

March 30, 2006 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always try to evaluate a person based on their personality, not their ethnic background or national origin. But if the other side's not going to offer me the same consideration, I don't know how inclined I'm going to be to keep that effort going.

March 30, 2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

I always try to evaluate a person based on their personality, not their ethnic background or national origin.

That's never a two-way street. That viewpoint is purely an invention of 20th century Euro-American civilization. The very concept is foreign to other cultures. Members of other cultures view our anti-discrimination/diversity policies as just rules to be gamed, not as universal moral standards.

March 30, 2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger FuturePundit said...

Ziel,

I get a lot of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans writing comments in old blog posts. What I find is that they do not understand the importance of intellectual labor and think that only people who are doing physical labor do real work. So they think Americans are lazy and that America owes them a lot more than they are getting.

They also think the US rips off Latin America getting clothing and other goods and paying little in return.

This is all a recipe for resentment and Robin Hood politics.

March 30, 2006 11:27 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Randall, no doubt they just figure we've got a nice little deal for ourselves all carved out nicely, and that they need to work the system however they can just to get the crumbs. They figure they're working cheaper than natives (often true because they're often off the books) that blacks are getting welfare and they're not, that whites here work in air-conditioned offices pushing pieces of paper around just like at home - there's no basis for even a dialogue here.

March 31, 2006 5:31 PM  

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