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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Rant-aholic.

So I know I give the YCT alot of crap about attacking certain groups that I'm affiliated with here at SMU, but sometimes...

Someone in an authoritative position in these groups says something totally stupid!
ARGH!

"... one of the most important issues we have as a community here on campus is our lack of unity. Although we are the majority minority, our presence is weak because we don't have the time to interact with each other. I am not saying this is wrong, actually, it is something unavoidable considering we have to work and help out our families, all while trying to keep up in school. However, I know that through small steps we can reach a higher degree of unity. This being said, I want to encourage each and every one of you to take the time and initiative to meet other members of the great SMU Hispanic community."

ugh.
First of all the phrase "majority minority"... is the funnest oxymoron ever.
no problem there.

But the "it is something unavoidable considering we have to work and help out our families, all while trying to keep up in school." For a group that tries to emphasize equality of a people, they sure to stereotype it. They are reducing all SMU Hispanics to a poor, struggling stereotyped image. WTF?! Stop with the assumed rationalizations! I'm sure there are some people that are in that situation, but don't generalize a whole group of people!!! IDIOT! You're supposed to learn that lesson in Minority 101.

As for the unity issue. Of course no one is going to want to unite on these issues if you're a complete idiot! We don't need physical unity to understand and be active on the issues of face us everyday. If we all unite... we are just alienating ourselves from the SMU student body as a whole. And a little hint: we don't want that! The reason our presence is not strong is because (even though we are the "majority minority") we are still VERY small compared to everyone else. We need to divide and conquer. Lobby our issues to other people! We can't unity against certain issues without alienating others... And we want others to care about our issues! Non-hispanics have the numbers to vote in favor of our issues.

So, instead of coming together... We need to make a few more non-hispanic friends.

PS- I know all about the whole "family/togetherness" that comes with our culture as Hispanics... but we need to assimilate alittle to thrive in today's changing world.

[Spectrum (GLBSO) has this down! They know exactly how to lobby their issues!]



posted at 10:42 PM | 5 comments

5 Comments:

Anonymous Cory said...

That is why "diversity" is bad. Diversity meaning highlighting and emphisizing differences. Take hyphenated americanism as an example. If everyone has to go "African-American" or "European-American" then we will forever see everything in terms of race and divisivenes. If a person identifies themselves by race, they will be identified by others in terms of race. The only way to truly eliminate bigotry and systemic inequality between races (and everything else) is to not even consider it.

2:07 PM  
Blogger frank said...

well, yea.

But people feel they need to "hold on"
to their differences. Differences are what make people special. People feel like if they totally conform to one way of bring, they are leaving behind what makes them special...

And this, in turn, creates diversity problems... it's a toss up. Do we wanna give up our differences? Our cultural identities? What makes us special just for a chance at equality?

And who doesn't want to have their cake and eat it too?

So if you want my opinion... I think that if we want to "give up our diversity" status for a sense of equality, everyone has to use that ideal... And that's never going to happen! Therefore we are going to do it the only way we know how... by complicating it more!

ugh.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Cory said...

Well there is a difference between not paying attention to race and homogenizing to one identical culture. Take white people. Nobody asks on your job application what country in europe your ancestors are from, or claim they were fired because they are polish and their boss is german. There were major, major issues in the past between different ethnic groups (of white people), but now, you don't consider them. You still have oktoberfest, or irish festivals, or greek cultural fairs, etc etc etc. People still speak their ancestors language. But you don't define your existance around it. You don't claim racism as the default reason for your mistreatment. This is the model for everyone to follow. Yes, it can be done. In fact, large numbers of minorities already opperate this way, and don't have any real problem with racism, etc. It is the people who force the issue, who won't let it die, that cause the problem.

You don't hear about alot of racism against asians. Yet, there is no NAAAP, no quota for hiring asians or letting them in school (if anything, they are at a disadvantage) Why is this? Because they didn't define themselves as their race. They got an education, and became part of america, and proved themselves. How many chinese would show up to protest a WWII victory celebration where Yamamoto's face was on the pinada?

1:23 PM  
Blogger frank said...

Very good points.

Asians are a very good example of a people not caring about race... But you have to think about the cognitions behind their actions. Some are Budhist... pacifists... they are naturally not individualistic (pointed out by numerous studies).

The Polish have a whole other set of problems today. Is it possible for them to be homogenized in the "white" term easily? Do you think that the term "hispanic" is sufficient enough for all the Central/South American/etc cultures to be lumped in?

Then again there is the fun "other" option on the form on every job application... maybe that will solve all out woes.

Anyways...where the hell was I? Oh yeah... dude, my culture defines itself for being very pretentious! very proud of where they came from. unashamed of anything. They like everyone to enjoy our culture. Everyone to celebrate. I don't think that we are thinking to dominate over another culture or a way of living/thinking... we are just trying to show the general American pop. that we do have alot of offer everyone...

Anyways... I don't think I answered any of your questions... hehe. I just like to rant about my people. hehe...our people!

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4:37 PM  

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