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I'm Brushing Up on My Spanish

Updated on April 22, 2012
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free",
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free",

I’m brushing up on my Spanish. Being that everything is secretly about race in America, especially Texas, which has fought tooth and nail to assure and maintain the “whiteness” of the state. Houston, a major metropolitan area and the city in which I live was segregated with in living memory. Integration became mandatory based on federal regulation. Many of our policies and procedures still reflect lingering attitudes of segregation. Texas is a state that has been notably slower to change or improve race relations than the majority of the union. From the late emancipation of slaves to, being tardy on civil rights trends and currently the criminalization of minorities in a system based on profiling grossly distorts opportunity for progress. Everyone wants the government to change things or stay out of their business, or a combination of both, but charity starts at home. The influx of the Mexican culture is fantastic, a welcome change of pace.

I grew up in a neighborhood where black and Hispanic families lived harmoniously. I have been able to appreciate and partake in the welcoming culture. The Hispanic population is expanding rapidly and I see more Hispanic employees in local businesses. If the trend continues, I look forward to seeing the majority shift to a primarily Hispanic population.

Texas and Mexico share a long and rich history which has been tumultuous at times yet has blossomed into a ‘tex-mex’, tejano subculture which is present in local food and music. Even now there are many employment opportunities created for bilinguals based on the increase in the Spanish speaking population. Many Hispanics work diligently on the jobs other Americans have grown too lazy or proud to do. As minorities strive for higher education they develop a political prowess, ‘tex-mex’ may soon be a force to be reckoned with politically. Should the state language become Spanish in the near future, I’ll be ready. I’m brushing up. Ole!



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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Fantastic! Thanks for reading Josak.. United we stand yoginijyoy! Thanks for your comment. Have a great day!

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      yoginijoy 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      I agree with you, sadly everything is about race in USA these days, although in a negative way. I like how you celebrate the variety of cultures from your area and how you see the good in the combinations too: from food to music. Now, all we need is for others to hop on board and see that we are stronger when we join forces rather than divide and conquer. Voted up and interesting!

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      Josak 6 years ago from variable

      Good on you for embracing change with open arms and treating Hispanics as what they are fellow men and women, human beings just like us, here to contribute and add to the diversity of cultures that America has, it is a shame that the reactions of so many in Texas and other places is one of racism, fear an intolerance. Voted up and awesome.