I recently began to reflect on everyone’s desire to engage in dialogue about racism in America. As I combed my daughter’s hair, I remembered my grandfather telling me of a teacher calling him another “stupid Puerto Rican,” which led him to literally drop out of school by jumping out the classroom window.
My great-grandfather was drafted into the segregated, all-Puerto Rican, 65th Infantry regiment during WWI. I was then propelled to my own experiences with discrimination when I was pulled over by a white police officer who gave me two tickets because I was just another Mexican. At the predominantly African-American school where I taught I was equally discriminated against because I had the qualifications to teach an African-studies class, but not the skin color.
In talking about discrimination in America let’s consider all groups that are discriminated against — Muslims, Mexicans, Haitians, the poor — and engage in a more meaningful discussion.
Roberto Fernandez III, Sunrise