But I guess that's not acceptable to say to the multi-culti p.c. crowd who demand that this non-Spanish speaking, third generation American woman embrace her Mexican-ness. She notes that no one talks about Cameron Diaz's Latino-ness because she's blond. Alba's right. It's the multi-culturists who divide people by race, color, language, culture and ethnicity.
No melting-pot, America is more a vegetable stew with every ingredient screaming for recognition.
So many of my multi-ethnic friends lament the assumptions--they look dark-haired and have honey skin, so they must speak Spanish. Personally, I'd like to be multi-lingual and speak Spanish, but why should it be assumed? Alba drew ire from "Queen of All Media " Cuban-American (not just American) blogger Mario Lavandeira, aka Perez Hilton for saying this:
"My grandfather was the only Mexican at his college, the only Hispanic person at work and the only one at the all-white country club. He tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn't speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose."Alba's grandfather is part of a long American tradition. My husband's Italian great-grandmother refused to speak Italian. She was an American. She chose, and was grateful for, America. And in America, you speak English.
"My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, ... So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don't speak Spanish. So, to say that I'm a Latin actress, OK, but it's not fitting; it would be insincere."
"My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn't want his kids to be different."
Our Hindu Indian neighbor decorates his house for Christmas every year even though it's not part of his religious practice. He said that Christmas lights were American and he wanted to be American.
While I would happily teach my children their language of origin, what's wrong with embracing America and it's culture? This culture was deemed superior to the one they left, otherwise, why come to America?
More: Wendy Wayrad says Alba is "shaming her own people".
"Jessica Alba is gradually making the queer transition from sex symbol to self-loathing, Mexican sex symbol." --Mollygood
And this racist rant, "Will Someone Tell Jessica Alba She's Not White" This intelligent post ends thusly:
If she doesn’t wanna be called a “Latin actress,” what the eff should I call her besides stupid?!You could call her "actress". You could call her "American actress" if you want to be really edgy. Boots and Sabers says:
That’s how it’s supposed to work. You come to this country legally. You work our ass off and assimilate into the culture.How long until the Left will let go of the one-drop rule?
Welcome, Conservative Grapevine readers! Thanks, John, for the link. You might also like to see Harry Reid's twin separated at birth. They share mental characteristics, too. And, in honor of Father's Day, some research about why dads are so important.