I would like to write in response to the repulsive racism that exists in this county and specifically to a letter written in to the Vail Daily by Cindy Matthews (which is only one of hundreds of racist letters that I have read in the Vail Daily).
It appears that all of her problems are directly related to Mexican immigrants in this valley. Funny, it’s the same way all of Hitler’s problems were directly related to the Jewish immigrants in Germany. Isn’t it handy to have a scapegoat to blame for everything instead of dealing with the difficult complexities of our life’s problems the way that non-racist people do?
I have a few questions for you, Cindy. First of all, is your family Native American? Because if not, it seems that YOUR ancestors were also immigrants to the USA. So what makes you think that you “belong here?”
Your ancestors probably came here searching a better life for you and your family the same way many of your Latino neighbors are doing.
Imagine for a second that you were paid $8 a day instead of $8 an hour. How would you pay for the basic goods your family needs? Do you think to help your family you might go in search of a better life? Even if it involves the risk of living illegally in another country? Instead of looking through your racist perspective, look at your immigrant neighbors as human beings and put yourself in their shoes for a moment.
Secondly, I feel bad for your personal problems, but these are not the fault of Mexican immigrants. All over the country, teachers are overworked and underpaid. How do you know that your son would have gotten the attention he needs if all of his classmates were English-speaking? Our government should be spending more money on improving our education, health care and welfare systems, but instead your tax dollars are going directly to pay to kill Iraqis.
You can thank your illegally elected conservative President Bush for doing everything in his power to make the rich richer and the poor poorer, cutting welfare and health care budgets across the nation, while involving us in an unwinnable war in Iraq.
Lastly, it is very unfortunate that you were the victim of crimes, but just because the perpetrators were illegal immigrants doesn’t mean that every immigrant is a criminal. Most of the immigrants I know are hard workers, care greatly for their families, and are upstanding citizens here. It doesn’t surprise me that your children are afraid to go to school because you are teaching them racism and teaching them to be afraid of their fellow classmates just because they are Mexican (although many of the Latino students were born here just like your children).
One of the most amazing things about this country is its diversity and acceptance of people from all different national heritages, including your family wherever they are from.
Instead of teaching your children fear and hate, you should be teaching them to respect all people as human beings regardless of their heritage and to value the diversity of this great nation of ours.