posted on May, 27 2005 @ 04:57 PM
I've spent most of my life in areas where Hispanics were by far the majority. You get used to getting phone bills in two languages, everything
that's sent home from schools is in two languages, and most places will hire someone who speaks Spanish before someone who doesn't unless there's a
strong difference in other job-related capabilities. While the Mexican flag was displayed fairly often in those areas, it was never on a state
building (with possibly the exception of the immigration office or the border patrol.)
I now live in the Pacific Northwest, quite a ways up the road from Oregon on the other side of the Columbia. While the Hispanic population in this
area is higher than I expected, it is still much, much lower than the border areas I used to live in. I see absolutely no reason it should be
displayed on a state building period. In an area with a high Hispanic population, its almost understandable, but its not justifiable.
This is America; government offices are paid for with American taxes and run by American citizens. They are primarily (not solely mind you) here to
serve the needs of American citizens. While some effort should be made to make those of other nationalities and backgrounds feel comfortable and
accepted, it should not be done in a manner which denies the land that they are currently in. Put up a sign that says "Si habla espanol," if you
must. Have your staff be primarily bilingual if you want. Have all of the signs in the building be in two or more languages. But it's still
And at the same time, why limit it to just Mexicans? If they feel a need to place a foreign flag up, why not represent every country that has a
presence in the US, or at least the region you're in? I mean, in some areas on the west coast there's just as many (if not more) Asians than
Hispanics and Eurpoeans combined. Why not have the Cambodian, Vietnamese, etc. flags flying?