Just a general public service announcement:

Please stop referring to all Latinos as immigrants. Please stop referring to all immigrants as illegals. Please take the word "illegals" out of your vocabulary. Thanks.

I can't tell you how many times in my life people have told me that I'll be deported if I don't step back in line. I can't be deported for questioning the status quo, you asshat! I'M AN AMERICAN CITIZEN! And even when I wasn't an American citizen, "reporting me to authorities" would've been quite funny for me because I was a legal resident!

OMG, you mean you can be an immigrant in this country and have a legal status or any kind of rights or privileges?!

Why, yes. Yes you can. If you didn't know that, go read a book or something please.

If you did, continue with your day. I hope it's a lovely one. =)


At Tue Apr 21, 06:21:00 PM Lizzy said...

DAMN STRAIGHT Miss Benz! Let them know!

At Tue Apr 21, 07:51:00 PM Ouyangdan said...

I totally heart you right now, in this moment.

At Wed Apr 22, 01:54:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Hey, I just try to speak the truth whenever possible. =)

At Wed Apr 22, 06:37:00 PM Renee said...

You know I can so relate with this post. As you know I am a black Canadian and I constantly get asked which island and I am from. People have a tendency to believe that POC are from elsewhere because the default identity of North American is white.

At Thu Apr 23, 03:12:00 PM eleanorstrousers said...

Meanwhile, I get to be the secret immigrant type in the room (my Dad came over from England, but I don't "talk funny" unless you count my Southern accent).

When people think they're in homogenous non-immigrant groups and get ignorant, I like to pop up and yell "SURPRISE!"

At Thu Apr 23, 03:44:00 PM frau sally benz said...

That comment just made me LOL at work! HAHAHAHA! SURPRISE! lol

Renee, you should talk about (perceived) nationality on your radio show. I've been trying to write a post about it for the longest, but my thoughts go everywhere.


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