On the flip side, I was at King Soopers (grocery store) yesterday doing our weekly shopping and I cruised through the deli to see if they had any organic free range liver, which I think is one of my top 3 favorite foods of all time next to freshly ground almond butter and apples which go very well together! Apples and almond butter... not almond butter and liver which only works when you have the right bottle of Pinot and the liver is rare... but I digest. The guy behind the counter was cleaning some sort of a meat machine, I approached and greeted him with a 'Hello, how are you?'... and he didn't look up and he didn't say a word. He kept cleaning and I paused for half a beat and walked away. He said (to my back) 'Can I help you?' and I continued to walk away. He was a white 30 something guy with a fohawk. On a day with out my boys I would have lectured the guy on customer service Ala: Allie Fox who I would love to be, were it not for my lack of fondness of Central America and my ignorance of the workings of ice machines... the last time I was there I left with a bad taste in my mouth. Not from the people but from me being a 20 year old American kid with a
Do you see this? The white American guy or girl who feels entitled and has little regard for actually treating people with any semblance of respect. I seem to encounter an equal number of Hispanics who are quite appreciative of what they have... a job. I'm a registered Republican and yes, you can take my gun when you pry my... blah, blah, blah. But I wouldn't stand out in a field of cabbage for 12 hours a day picking that shit for minimum wage! And I definitely don't want my sons to do it. Why? Because I'm too good for that? Maybe that's how I think!?
I'm part Cherokee and part German. Odd combo for sure but it happened and I am quite proud of the fact that my heritage comes from a native American. And a side rant: I HATE the bumper stickers here in Colorado that read 'NATIVE' (which implies that the DB was just born in Colorado. Wow, you are superior for having a mom with a well placed womb.) Native? Really? Are we so insecure that we defend the life that we were BORN in to and put down the people desperate to EARN what we have? Imagine being born in a horrible and crappy country and fighting to go to a place that provides a better opportunity for you and your children? Would I do that for my kids? I would step in to a wood chipper for my children with out batting an eye, so ya.
My point? I think, more often than not, I would prefer to encounter a Hispanic immigrant over a white kid from the suburbs. So many of us white folk feel entitled and righteous, when the Mexicans most likely TRULY appreciate the benefits of this country FAR more than any of us and it tends to show in the attitude. Do I wake up thanking God and America for my freedom? No, I don't but I should. I think we take for granted what we have and I think it is going to bite us in the ass. Illegal or legal immigrant... all of a sudden we are all FOR the technicalities and red tape that we normally and conveniently complain about. Not sure if I am making a point or just teetering on the blunt end of a senseless rant. I love this country and I am so thankful that I grew up here and my kids will grow up here, but I am disappointed sometimes to see so many people reluctant to share what we have and at the same time take it for granted. If we are so against immigration then shouldn't we at least live and act above those that we are against? Instead of outsourcing to China in favor of cheap labor, why don't we keep it here and pay illegal immigrants (the typical) low dollar (still high dollar in their country) and keep everything here? We complain and complain about Mexicans moving in to our country yet we buy EVERYTHING from China because they provide cheap labor. Maybe I just don't understand the 'politics' of it... thank God!