| Why do people expect Hispanics to abandon their heritage to live in the US?

Why do people expect Hispanics to abandon their heritage to live in the US?

Pamela asked:

We didn’t expect that of any other immigrants. Take a walk in NYC. Visit Chinatown. Does it look “American” to you? Go see Little Italy. How “American” is that? Walk through the Jewish community or the Irish section. You will hear Chinese spoken, Italian, Hebrew. You will see their homes & shops decorated & adorned as they were in their homelands. Why then do we expect the Hispanics to completely abandon their language, their heritage and their culture and in a sense, deny their homeland, to come live here?
Amy G….that’s my point. And now we are discriminating against the new wave of immigrants…the Americans of tomorrow.
GreenlYD….But I see so many people in this forum complaining about people flying Mexican flags & speaking Spanish etc. I keep reading how if they really wanted to be “American” they would adopt our culture & our way of life. Why should they have to?
trakslag…so we should go into Chinatown & remove all the flags or into Little Italy & remove those as well? Or the Israeli flag? We should take them down & demand that only ours be raised. Sounds sort of communist to me.
Just Trying to Help….last time I checked no one was handing out citizenship to Hispanic immigrants upon arrival - legal OR illegal. Of course they must learn English to pass the test but is it really right that we expect them to know it when they get here? I don’t think our ancestors did.
Sir Shaggy…hate to burst your bubble there but they did NOT all come here legally. In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing anything about the Pilgrims having visas. I don’t recall them asking the Native Americans first if they could come & kick them off of their own land.
Earl of Trollshire….so you don’t think the Native Americans felt IMPOSED upon when YOUR ancestors arrived?
caciansf…and if you were around in the 60’s you would have been b*tching about the streets being name Martin Luther King. It’s not such a big deal now is it? Just like the Hispanic named streets you struggle to pronounce won’t be such a bing d@mn deal in the future. Why can’t we just learn from our past mistakes? Why must we keep making the same ones over & over? You showed a prime example of this in your answer.
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8 Responses to “Why do people expect Hispanics to abandon their heritage to live in the US?”

  1. sociald on June 4th, 2009 1:50 pm

    My next door neighbor had a Mexican flag on his garage and plays Mexican music all the time. As long as he does’t bother me I don’t care.

    The difference someone like you mentioned.. such as my grandfather who immigrated from Italy, well he only spoke Italian once in awhile. He had an American flag and it was very important to him to assimilate.
    When he went out in public he only spoke English. He knew it was important for him .. to live the ‘American Dream’ to him meant you needed to learn how and be part of the ‘melting pot’

    Trouble is we are seeing people who don’t want to melt into the pot.

  2. Earl of Trollshire on June 14th, 2009 2:20 am

    because they want everyone else to abandon their heritage and speak spanish. You dont immigrate to a country to IMPOSE. I dont go to my neighbors house and demand he speak my way, cook my way, etc………….

  3. DesignSTE on June 16th, 2009 6:29 pm

    I didn’t ask them to abandon Mexico.

  4. Verna I on June 17th, 2009 11:30 pm

    No one wants them to not carry on their heritage I am Italian when my family came to america they did it leagely. They had to learn english and also had their names changed to english names. We were not taught to speek Italian because we were in america. And we live our heritage as an a Italian what you live in your home is your business. no one wants to stop you from living your culture but when you are on American soil learn to camunicate in english. And think about coming here legally. WE all live our own culture in America but we respect our laws and if you can ‘t respect the American people by speaking english how do you expect us to respect you.

  5. caciansf on June 20th, 2009 6:11 pm

    I really do not think we are expecting them to abandon their heritage — just wishing that I do not have to pay for it being shoved in my face at every turn. Example re-naming streets after so called hispanic ‘leaders’. Again I really do not care if anyone embraces their origin but don’t expect me to bow and scrape and accept it.
    In other words don’t expect me to act like an apologetic whiety liberal jackass. .

  6. Pat B on June 22nd, 2009 10:21 pm

    Mexico is a very corrupt country with a lot of poverty and crime that is why so many Mexicans sneak up hear to get away from it.Hispanics is too broad of a term. the fact that sneaking in is illegal so they are criminals might have something to do with the high crime rate in southern California.

  7. Daisy on June 23rd, 2009 1:54 pm

    Just as the majority of those who answered you here, I do not agree with your point of view whatsoever. I do not think we expect Hispanic immigrants to abandon their heritage or their culture. Just like we never expected the Chinese, Italian, German, etc. immigrants to abandon theirs. There is charm in the communities such as “Chinatown” and “Little Italy,” etc. but like others here said, while maintaining their culture and heritage, they also accommodate us by communicating in English and not expecting us to accommodate them by speaking their languages. They are welcome to speak their own language amongst themselves or in their homes, but when they want to do business with us or chat with us, speak English. Don’t demand our schools teach their children in their native language. The problem is that the Hispanics, being the majority of illegal immigrants in the USA at the present time, seem hellbent on making demands and they are so “in your face” with showing loyalty and patriotism to their home countries, rather than to their new country and it feels very disrespectful to American citizens and legal immigrants. They came here of their own free will and choice - we did NOT ask for them to come here. As someone else said, and it is so true, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” That still applies today!

  8. nandywhoad on June 25th, 2009 1:15 am

    do it as all those you say you see> legal legal . do you see