First, I would like to thank you for writing HS News and expressing your concerns about the content of my most recent comments. I always appreciate feedback from the readers, and I welcome any opportunity to participate in a fair and honest discussion with my fellow Latinos.
Now, as to the issues contained in your post, let me say that I think you have misunderstood my position. And after rereading the piece several times, I don’t think that my words could have led to the misunderstanding.
The point I was making is that Katt Williams “racial rant” was not racial whatsoever, merely nationalistic. And while I disagree with nationalistic sentiments in general, I could not take umbrage to what Williams said onstage this past weekend. To avoid any further confusion, allow me summarize the quoted parts of the so-called “racist tirade” (the media’s label, not yours):
1) The American Southwest no longer belongs to Mexico, so Mexicans and other Latinos should not continue to claim it as Mexican territory.
2) Foreign nationals should not immigrate to this country (or any country) and still claim allegiance to the country they emigrated from. Specifically, no immigrant living in the United States should claim an allegiance to a foreign country that supersedes their allegiance to the United States and its people.
The first point is such a non-issue among serious people that it does not deserve any attention here.
Therefore, I’ll assume that you took issue with the second contention: that immigrants should swear allegiance to this country and its people above all others. Still, I don’t see the controversy in such a statement.
The only types of immigrants I can think of that might be exempted from swearing allegiance to the United States would be refugees and exiles, but even then, I still think that their allegiance to this country should supersede their allegiance to the country they have left behind. Of course they would like to be in their ancestral homeland, but they can no longer live there for whatever reason. That being the case, they must pledge loyalty to their new home, the only home they now have.
However, I am an American. My mother is a Navy veteran who served in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, and my father is an Army veteran and former Chicago police officer. My brother is a Marine who just served his tour of duty in Iraq. (I took the intellectual route to patriotic service.)
And although I am a patriot, my political views are progressive. I am even against any English-First legislation (though even a few undocumented friends of mine actually support such laws.)
In closing, Katt Williams’ comments this past weekend were not racist in the least, only nationalistic; and nationalistic in the most reasonable form. I do not think it is wrong of any American to expect that the people who immigrate here will pledge their unfettered love and energy to this great project called “America.”
For any immigrant to pledge their affinity and allegiance to a foreign country is simply wrong.
I welcome any questions or comments.
Hector Luis Alamo, Jr.