Minorities

@dfollin (19994)
United States
February 16, 2011 8:09am CST
I am an american citizen,born in the capital of the United States,part american indian,speak english,obey the laws,worked and previously loved my country.Then how come I feel like a minority? Probably because in the 1990's I wanted a particular job in our county government and was told that I had to train for it.Borrowed $300 for the training course.Took it and passed with an "A" average and became certified.I went back with my credentials to get the job even after I had also proven myself to be able to do the job and couldn't have it because I did not speak spanish.Thru the years I have applied for other jobs and could not get them because I did not speak spanish,but if I didn't speak english that is ok.I go to some fast food restaurant's and stores where the clerk cannot understand what I am saying because they do not speak english.I refuse now to learn spanish,I am not going to their country,they are in my home country....so they should learn english.Some of them do not even understand our money.I handed one clerk a $10 bill and he didn't know what it was. There were 4 of us in a 2 bedroom apartment and because the one child was female and going to turn 2 where there was my husband,her father in one room with me and my 16 year old son in the other,we had to move.But,there were 10 foreigners in an efficiency and that was ok.Go figure!Also,when my husband got sick we were promised assistance from the county.Then all of the sudden they had no money,yet we knew and had met people that were foreigners or people constantly in and out of jail that were getting help then.So,we lost our home,all our furniture.The whole time that my husband was sick,he slept in the car or on a floor. Since my husbands death,my daughter and I have lived in many different homes.One where we had to move out before our lease was up because the owner(a foreigner)had not paid the HOA fees since before she had advertised to rent.So,the apartment we moved into after that we were displaced because the apartment was condemned because the owner(again a foreigner) had not paid the utility bills and the appliances and layout of the apartment was against housing codes.We had to take the only place we could find where a foreigner was the owner that had refinanced so many times and couldn't pay it,the house was foreclosed on.Each of these places have a judgement against me because I left before my lease was up. We are living in a small room and cannot not get assistance!But, in the county owned housing it is full of mostly foreigners and drug addicts.Hmmmm,so wonder why I feel like a minority?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
16 Feb 11
BLESS YOUR HEART, what a dirty rotten way to be treated. It's a shame that this is happening all over the u.s.a.I don't think any of them should be allowed here unless they have a job waiting, can speak english etc. They may not be able to do these things but they sure as hell know how to get all the free stuff. GO FIGURE!!I'm really sorry u have had such a hard time. U should send this discussion to the WHITE HOUSE. I'm sure there are alot more people who have been mistreated like u have been.
@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Antiquelady, I agree with you that they should have a job waiting when they get here. If they can't speak English on arrival, they should be required to enroll in English classes as a prerequisite to getting a greencard. If they don't have the card, then they should be sent home! If they are going to get ANY free stuff, they should be enrolled in English courses and some kind of work program so that they are making a contribution to society!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
16 Feb 11
HI DAECKARDT, Thanks for your input. I agree w/what u have said to. I think it ridiculous that dfollin has been treated this way.
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@dfollin (19994)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Back in 1999 my son was physically assulted by a man that was from Africa and only spoke french.I took him to court and when we got in there the proceeding's were delayed for 45 minutes why we waited for an interpruter come that was being paid by our taxes.The district attorney was mad and he said to me,when they come here they should be required to learn basic english.
• United States
16 Feb 11
You "feel" like a minority because that's exactly what we are becoming. Back in the 50's and 60's (oh so not long ago) we (as whites) had the world by the tail (so to speak). Then all the unspeakable things that happened with the AT THAT TIME minority (blacks). Look at all the rights that have been created for them in the last 40 years. They can call each other the N word but WE had better NOT ever refer to them in that way.....WHY? At one time it was a disgrace to the family for a white woman to be seen even talking to a black man....now you see it everyday. My own sister was with a black man and had twin boys with him. That's when the ugly N word went out of my vocabulary...even though I had been raised with that word by older family members. So we've been slowly giving away our rights for the last 40 or so years. Little by little. Now we have the mexican people coming here to the USA taking OUR jobs, taking OUR benefits only to send the money to their families who are in Mexico. They can have 14 families of mexicans living in one dwelling and they get by with it. WHY? Again, we can't say anything about them because they have a word for it...DESCRIMINATION. And it's all about making everyone else who comes to this country comfortable. They don't have to come here and learn the language. We're the land of opportunity...always have been and there's probably more to come. We're the country that allowed those folks that flew airplanes into the twin towers that fateful day 10 years ago. Shoot, we're the ones that gave them the schooling to learn how to fly those planes and their pilots licences. This has been going on for a whole lot longer than anyone realizes it. Little by little we've been giving up our fair speech because it might offend someone. It's kinda like all the violent tv shows that we have....you've watched them for so long that some of the things they show, don't bother you anymore. Now that this nation is in the financial situation that it's in is when we finally realize that we don't have many rights anymore. We've become the minority. And our country is too busy making others comfortable that they don't care about those of us who were born and raised in this country and have always obeyed the laws of this country. But, it's been this way for many years and I don't see it changing for the better any time soon. Sad, but true.
@daeckardt (6239)
• United States
16 Feb 11
Wow. I never knew it could be that bad. I have had a hard time of things myself, but I have always managed to get into places where I could pay the rent and get by. Is there a way you can move to a smaller area rather than in a big city? It seems like there are more cheap options and depending on where you go, there would be less minorities so that you might not feel that way. I know when I was living in NC, I worked at a job where I was one of only three whites in my section (and the only white woman) and there was no chance of advancement even after working 7 years for them. I did eventually transfer to another department where there were less minorities, but there was still no chance for advancement because of lack of education. I wish things were easier for us. Good luck!