Sunday, November 8, 2009

It's disheartening to realize that these sentiments are out there

I received one of those forward-forward-forward email a few months back; I've excerpted the key points below, for your benefit.

This is one of those scary emails that is patently false. As details, this email originated by xenophobes in Canada when the Canadian national anthem was supposedly going to be sung in Hindi, and then some enterprising citizens of the U.S.A. changed a few words so it would be culturally appropriate. Even thought it is false, the reactionary among us forward such things along without consideration. It seems to me that this indicates a deep-seated racism, xenophobia, and anti-intellectualism, in the same vein as many of those stellar citizens at Fox News.

How can we help overcome the rampant fear, lack of empathy, and lack of intellectual curiosity that leads to such sentiment?


No apology for sending this! ! !

After hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish
-- enough is enough. Nowhere did they sing it in . . . any other
language because of immigration. It . . . should be sung word
for word the way it was written. The news broadcasts even gave
the translation -- not even close.

NOT sorry if this offends anyone because this is is MY COUNTRY
-- IF IT IS YOUR COUNTRY SPEAK UP -- please pass this along.

I am not against immigration -- just come through like everyone
else. . . . live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other
immigrants have in the past -- and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

. . . If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending

It is Time for America to Speak up


Whenever I get such things I reply to all on the email list with stuff like:

I don't fear offending anyone and I definitely don't want to be
part of the problem, so I thought I'd alert everyone to the following

A couple deep breaths and just a couple minutes' worth of Internet
research can go a long way.

Paz, carino, y comprension,


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