Ah, it's that storied day of celebration of a Mexican victory over the French, Cinco de Mayo.
Good thing it falls on a weekend, otherwise lots of high school students wearing American flag t-shirts would be scolded and sent home.
Just for the record, I have come to know a lot of Hispanics, many of them from Mexico, here in Hollister. For the most part, they are very good people: hard workers, good friends, good neighbors, and good customers. When they learn that I am studying Spanish, that I think Spanish is a beautiful language, and that Hispanic culture has a lot of worth and beauty, they respond with warmth and friendship. I don't view Hispanics as "the enemy." Some are, most are not.
My Spanish teacher at Gavilan College and I have become rather close friends.
Do you know that I can sing "Besame Mucho" and "Cielito Lindo" completely in Spanish? Also "Rancho Grande" and some other tunes. When I sing these songs, the alley cats of Hollister join me in the chorus until someone calls the police. It's fun anyway.
Does this mean that I support illegal immigration? Not on your life. But the great majority of Hispanics I have met over the past year are here legally.
One more thing: Hispanic women are hot, hot, hot!! Just the facts, ma'am, that's all.
Yes, race is often important -- but it is not all-important. Keep things in perspective.
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