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Nothing has changed, Lunetta

Posted: July 20, 2010 5:32 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Few things can kick-start a day better than the inane prattling of a Steve Lunetta column. OK, nothing beats the rantings of Betty Arenson, but that is a topic for another day. Lunetta delivers again with “The cultural tie that binds us together” (July 12). If we can believe Mr. Lunetta, and I do,   invited a young, African exchange student and characterizes her political views as “claptrap.” I guess Lunetta’s melting pot only goes so far.

There are two kinds of history: Those events that happened, and those events invented by the conservative mind. Lunetta embraces the myth that millions of immigrants came to our shores, worked menial, back-breaking tasks for 14-16 hours a day then trudged off to night school to learn English.

The reality is these first-generation immigrants did not learn English. They lived in ethnic communities, practicing the religion and holidays of their home countries. But their kids learning English went to American schools, learned about baseball and the Fourth of July. It was the kids that became “Americanized.”

It is that way today, too, Lunetta. The Mexican who swelters in the September sun to pick your vegetables and clean your toilet may not speak English, but his or her kids will. Nothing has changed.

One thing that is also the same is the right wing of this country is still bigoted, still racist and still xenophobic. In 1850, we called them the Know-Nothing Party. In 2010, they are the tea partiers. I really don’t see any difference.

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