LatinaLista — A poll of 1,200 likely voters conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports, revealed that 59% of them believed that American society was “fair and decent.”
What this poll underscores, and one we always seem to forget to understand, is that the people being surveyed are only speaking for themselves. If one doesn’t experience discrimination, it doesn’t exist as far as they are concerned.
The flaw of polls is when media and others interpret the results to make it sound like a blanket statement of truth for all Americans.
Well, there’s no way that city officials in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley would agree that American society is being particularly fair or decent with them.
They are showing the federal government what happens when the government refuses to play fair.
Homeland Security is still butting heads with the residents of the Rio Grande Valley over building the fence between Texas and Mexico.
Even after two months of non-stop weekday and weekend protests and symbolic gestures of solidarity with Mexican border officials, Homeland Security still refuses to see it any other way but their own.
So, now border mayors are staging their own silent protest â€” they’re not granting federal workers and Border Patrol officials access to city properties to build the fences. The mayors have other alternatives that they say are just as viable in accomplishing the goal of any physical eyesore, but the government doesn’t want to hear it.
The outrage that exists along the Texas-Mexico border is from the idea that outsiders, who don’t know or appreciate what living a bicultural life entails, would come in and not just disrupt it, but severely impact it.
Yet, the government isn’t the only one insensitive to biculturalism.
Remember that poll? Seventy-six percent said anyone who moves to the United States should adopt American culture.
But what is American culture, other than speaking English?
Immigrants, undocumented and legal, are overflowing English as a Second Language classes to either perfect their English or build up their confidence levels enough to speak it in public. But what else is American culture?
Biculturalism fosters greater tolerance.
Baseball? Last I heard, Latino surnames practically dominate the sport, and let’s not forget that the country’s dream team, the Dallas Cowboys, has a Latino as their star quarterback.
So, we’re still left to ask, what is American culture?
Doing time in the military? Latinos have already proven that we go above and beyond when it comes to serving our country.
American culture for most Latinos is a bicultural existence that can’t have fences, physical or mental, trying to divide it.
All for a simple reason â€” one doesn’t survive without the other.