reply to post by FlyersFan
You're ignoring context. You're the clueless one.
The only distinguishing factor between the two teams was the majority ethnic background.
Cast that with the default notion in this country that a white person you see on the street must be American and you are usually shocked when you hear
an accent when they open their mouth.
The inverse is true for non-White, where you are surprised to hear a normal, everyday American accent come out of their mouth.
I've had enough friendships with enough people of different backgrounds to know how they feel when they get asked questions like "Where are you
My friend whose parents are Filipino (one of her grandfathers was actual a US serviceman stationed over there)...she lives in San Francisco and I've
been with her when a person asked "Where are you from?" She'll say "San Francisco" and they clarify, "NO, like WHERE are you from?"
No one ever does that to me. No one ever does that to the mostly european-American team in this story.
But to Bill Gutierrez or Mary Benavidez on the "wrong" side of the tracks, who can't speak Spanish any more than I can speak Scots Gaelic are
automatically assumed to NOT be from here.
DO YOU REALLY NOT GET THIS?
EDIT: Let me clarify, while I'll be the first person to SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS that American is not a race, you are missing the point. As I just
explained above, I, as a European-American (a person of Italian, Irish and French background) have never gotten asked on the street "WHERE ARE YOU
However, I have a filipina friend and a Mexican-American friend who speaks worse Spanish than I do and they both have gotten asked that question.
So, are you so sure that the majority of people in this nation really get...I mean, really GET deep down, that if you are not "White" you can still be
Then, with that notion in mind, reevaluate the context of this situation...gotta go make money, keep spending time debating this at your
edit on 8-3-2012 by Sphota because: explained above