Yesterday, we purchased plane tickets for Sergio's parents to visit us from Mexico for the winter holidays!
They have never been to the USA...and I wonder at their expectations.
oil on canvas
by Claudia Olivos
They are concerned about the cold weather (they come from south Mexico where it normally hovers around 90 degrees year round and gets up to 115 in the summer), they also wonder about prejudice against foreigners.
When Sergio first arrived in the USA, he was surprised at the diversity of people to be found here. He delighted in not only trying foods from different countries, but also in meeting people from all across the globe.
His "idea" that he would encounter racism...was quickly challenged into the realization that it is a stereotype that is perpetuated via media.
We have had some run ins with prejudice based on our being Latinos (just yesterday in fact we had another :( --but these are few.
I can't wait to share it all with my in laws.
The local Asian markets where people speak little or no English, where we buy all sorts of "goodies" to bring home, the Indian and Middle Eastern sections of our town brimming with restaurants and markets... we will also take them deep into DC to try some "soul food" and into Chinatown as well.
We have so much to share with them..the beauty of our adopted country... and hopefully shinning the light on the good, rather than the negative (like found in today's headlines abut the ignorance of the New Mexico hotel owner that asked his employees to change their names to less "latino" sounding names).
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.