Cinco de Mayo: Why America Celebrates It?
America tries hard to assimulate all cultures. We feel uncomfortable imposing American identity on those immigrating here, legally or illegally, it is just not in us--we are simply to nice. We accomodate and as a result we have a sort of mess with bilingualness, an odd blend of holidays. Some say it is our strength, some differ and it has become our achilles heal and weak spot.
For example, before the hispanic immigration reached the levels it has now in Calif, Texas and Arizona, no one in the US knew much or cared about this Mexican holiday, there was absolutely no celebration for it. Now that Hispanics account for 30-40% of the population, it seems we have to accomodate. But why?
Is July 4th celebrated in any other country in the world besides the USA? What about Thanksgiving? Martin Luther King Day? No, because it is not their national holidays, so, why does America seem bending over backwards to assimilate every one's holidays? We hate to offend. Too nice. If you go to any European country, you will be forced to learn its native language because there is little accommodation from any government to have things in English. In America, we seem to encourage separation of cultures by allowing for TV stations, radio, newspapers, internet etc., in other languages, even in supermercados (grocery store) you have things in different languages, reinforcing the no need to learn English. Go to Kaiser for medical, heck, they have whole units just for Spanish speakers. No habla ingles there. Pretty soon, we'll have traffic signs in other languages.
If one does need to learn English, it creates isolated pockets in communities where only that language is spoken, your whole world can just stay in the pocket and never learn English, never really be American.
As for Cinco de Mayo, it is not even Mexico's Independence day (Sept 16) and only marks a small minor victory of a Mexican militia of 4500 men who defeated a French force of 6500 in May 1862. The battle was a blip for the French returned and steamrolled over the whole Mexican Army and seized Mexico City and ruled for a few years. THIS IS HARDLY ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE ABOUT, LOL, OMG. Sooooo, why is it something the USA celebrates when even Mexico has enough sense NOT to???????
What is wrong with the picture? Maybe it is just an excuse to party and maybe the real promoters are the American companies who will cash in when we buy cerveza. Even many American-Mexicans who were born here and are truly American in all ways ask, "why does the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo"? These Americans crack up about this and think it simply is insane.
Only in America can such idiotic events occur.