posted on Dec, 31 2002 @ 04:56 PM
A couple days ago I wrote a lengthy essay to post, and then hit some darned button that erased the whole darned thing, so I gave up. My point was
what B-T just said, race and culture is not the same thing.
My ancestors found their way here from Ireland and Scotland, but my knowledge of either country is very limited, and I do not share either language or
culture with either, although there may be some similarities of some sort (I doubt people from either would say I speak English!). My culture is
American, and some of you might say old fashoined, traditional American at that.
Sure, you can find a definite black counter-culture, and around my neck of the woods there are alot of Mexicans that don't even seem to have a desire
to learn English, much less assimilate into the rest of the American culture, but is that to say that to associate, mingle or marry any of either race
is inherently bad?
For example, here is my scene. My wife's mother is Korean. She has a definite Korean accent, and it is obvious that there are certain phonetics
that are very alien to people whose native tongue is an Asian one, but she made it her point to learn English to the utmost of her ability and to
learn every aspect of the American culture. She is, after all, an American now, and that was her duty as a citizen. Her allegiance is to our nation
and no other.
My brother in law married a lady who is first generation American from Mexico. The wedding was a blast as most of her large, exteded family came up
from Mexico for the wedding held in San Antonio. They were some of the nicest, warmest a friendliest people I've ever met. Their family values put
those of most Americans to shame, I'm ashamed to say. I could not be prouder to be associated with my brother in law's new wife and family. His
wife, by the way, is true blue 100% American as well (her parents died in an accident, but judging by her, they must have been the same way)
Finally, many of my friends are black, and if you like not bleeding, you won't insist on calling them "African-American" to their face after
they've corrected you the first time. They do not "bust and sag", do not wear their baseball caps at half-cock and have no time for the likes of
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Loius Farrakan. I work and live side by side with them, and come judgement day, I'll probably be standing in the same
line as they are. The thoughts of being in their family through marriage is not concerning or offensive in the least as they are fellow Americans who
share the same culture and values although their skin tone is different.
Skin color or race purity is not what needs to be protected. The three things that need to be protected are borders, culture and language.