Confessions Of A Hispanic Racist

I have a bone to pick with Hispanics. Mainly illegals. Because I am one. Hispanic, that is — not illegal. I’m actually a fourth-generation Hispanic American on my mother’s side.  In fact, this shout-out also goes to all the liberals who insist on calling Hispanics a minority group in need of help.  Clearly, you gringos aren’t noticing what’s happening on the Mexican/American border or the huge population numbers in places like LA and San Diego that clearly beg to differ with the term “minority.” And those numbers are only growing.

I grew up no more than three hours from the Mexican/American border in mostly rural and agriculturally-based suburbs. For the first nine years of my life, my family and I lived in an area where white folks were actually in the minority and the majority spoke Spanglish (English with Spanish words and expressions scattered throughout a conversation) or just Spanish. My father was a white country boy whose family was from the South, and my mother is fully Hispanic; I saw the differences in attitudes towards both. Namely, I received strange looks that could only be described as the “What is that gringo doing with that little Spanish girl?” look from people when I was with my dad and people would speak English to me. On the flip side, accompanying my mother resulted in being spoken to in Spanish and in no way given strange looks from passers-by, as it was considered the “norm.” But it wasn’t whites projecting such discrimination. It was Hispanic immigrants giving my dad the funny looks.

Now in college, I’ve come to understand the concepts of financial aid, welfare, and assistance programs that supply resources to someone in “need.” I actually use that term very lightly considering how much “need” is really not needed. It’s ironic how much money there is for scholarships for immigrants and Hispanics, yet an American patriot has to struggle through college. Take for example my own father who, back in the day, was told by his high school counselor to give up the idea of receiving a scholarship unless he was an athletic superstar, simply because he was Caucasian with no other ethnic background whatsoever.  Still, California Governor Brown can’t wait for his DREAM Act to be enacted.  Discrimination much? Talk about a double standard.

The real fun is having to fill out school and scholarship applications in California. I don’t know about everyone else but for me, having to answer whether or not I’m a legal citizen, was born in the U.S., whether or not my parents are legal citizens, and what ethnic backgrounds I am is rather insulting. Can’t we just stick with “American citizen” or “Non-American citizen (if non-citizen, check all that apply)?”  Sorry, I forgot that policy is discriminatory against immigrants who might want to become legal citizens.

Many people have heard of the term “anchor babies” and the liberal Left’s glorification of immigrants, saying that Americans just need to realize “it’s high time that we, as the most diverse nation in the world, learn to love ourselves.” Give me a break. Anchor babies are the illegal immigrant’s saving grace.  Of course the U.S. isn’t just going to throw the parents and family of the child born within American borders back to Mexico!  Instead, we let them come here with their kids, grandparents, and extended family.  Not only that, they also manage to turn a 4-bedroom, 3-bath home into an apartment complex housing 3-4 families at a time. I’ve witnessed it.

But what really gets under my skin is the audacity illegal immigrants have.  It’s not an uncommon sight to go to the doctor’s office or store and see a woman with her children and a book filled with welfare and medical cards for each child and herself.  I’m talking dental and medical insurance, EBT cards, etc. She barely speaks a word of English, yet is usually the first to be taken care of while the rest of us tax-paying citizens watch helplessly from the sidelines as money we’ve earned goes to someone who hasn’t worked in the U.S. a day in their life.

Think I’m kidding? Come to Southern California, where it’s not uncommon to see the Mexican flag raised above the American flag (if the U.S. flag is present at all) not just on the flag poles in residential areas, but on bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc.  Or the common Mexican Pride gangster signs promoting Chicano supremacy.  Most who promote Chicano supremacy want California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to be given back to Mexico and will protest while promoting civil unrest amongst immigrants, not to mention the rude looks you get if you don’t understand what they’re saying or speak their native language. And don’t forget the drug trade, which they use to acquire more money if the government isn’t dishing out what they think is their “fair share” (The LA Times, a liberal newspaper here in CA, has an overwhelmingly large section dedicated solely to drug-related crime on the border within the last four years.).

So here’s my problema: We’re giving free-ride education, welfare, medical care, and living arrangements to people who aren’t even legal citizens at a time when our own economy is tanking. Legal U.S. citizens are having trouble finding work, and we’re worried about offending people on the border?

As a conservative, I promote patriotism and freedom, yet I’m called a racist, heartless, a traitor, even so far as being called “white-man’s trash” (the more profane version) simply because I do not “sympathize” with “my people.” And I’m not the first the first to experience this.

If you move to another country, it’s because you agree with the laws of the new land and are willing to leave behind the ways of the previous country.  People come to the U.S. because they believe in freedom, granted to those who are willing to defend it, while not disrespecting the Constitution that provides safety within American borders.

For the record: If you want me to be more sympathetic to my grandfather’s heritage, you should know that most of my family’s men since my great grandfather received his citizenship and have served in all branches of the U.S. military. My grandfather died a United States Marine. Clearly, he understood what America stands for and was willing to defend her.

I don’t hate Hispanics or anyone of any ethnic backgrounds. Granted, I was a rebel and didn’t learn Spanish because I didn’t want to be lumped into a stereotype or category.  I actually love my heritage. After all, Hispanics have the best looking actors (such as Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas); we have amazing food, good music, and a rich ethnic culture. Hispanics are kind and hard-working people. But those who come here illegally and have no respect for Americans, the American flag, or the Constitution should not be given benefits of the American government. Period. It’s not right for legal, law-abiding citizens and the men and women who have fought for this country to be treated as second-class citizens. And to the Liberals who insist on calling us a minority, give it up. How about you all just move to Mexico and help them out down there? It would probably be easier for you to create your socialist utopia amongst the “poor and helpless” Mexican natives.

Elissa Roberson :: College of the Desert :: Palm Desert, California :: @ElissaRoberson

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  1. Lisa C. Dominguez
    Dec 29, 2013 - 10:34 AM


  2. fabian
    Nov 22, 2013 - 09:05 AM

    this is sad you cant pick and choose when you want to embrace ur roots…we have great food…and good looking actors…what a joke u clearly have not looked into ur culture as a hispanic

    • laloba solitaria
      Feb 15, 2014 - 08:14 AM

      Agree. Your view of Mexicans is very limited. Question: When is the last time you saw a homeless Latina/o panhandling? The majority of Mexicans come here to work and make a better life for our children. The people that you have seen at the welfare office are considered a disgrace. Trashy. Your resistance to learn Spanish is no badge of honor. There are many advantages to speaking another language other than English. We only spoke Spanish at home. Perfect Spanish. English was reserved for the outside world. I am too old to have been referred to the so-called bilingual classrooms that are prevalent today. I make no secret that these misguided programs only serve to confuse and undereducate the Hispanic populace. Kindergarten through third grade is taught in Spanish; tragically by persons who are not fluent in Spanish. Then these kids are introduced to English in the 4th grade. Small wonder that they cannot read in English by the 6th grade…This is a prescription for academic failure. The Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, and other ethnic groups have their own classes outside of the public school system and that is the way it should be for Hispanics-but it is not. It is as if Hispanics are incapable of teaching their own children the mother language at home. I am completely anti-bilingual education in the public schools. This is a rotten program designed to keep Mexicans from learning to read, speak, and write English properly. Frustration because of the lack of important skills have contributed to a staggeringly high dropout rate amongst Mexicans and I truly think it is deliberate. It is sad when you meet a kid who cannot speak either English or Spanish, and, was born here to Spanish speaking parents. The author of this article sounds as if she is ashamed of her heritage. In this day and age, I truly do not think that people give “funny looks” to a Anglo man with kids who look Hispanic. That sounds like bs.

  3. Cauretta Buendia
    Oct 21, 2013 - 06:22 PM

    I agree with you in so many ways! As I was reading this article I was able to relate to it in so many ways. My mother is Native American and my father is Mexican, from Guanajuato. I have attempted to learn Spanish so that I could communicate with my uncles and grandmother back in Mexico, but I’m still not very good at it. Because of this, I get made fun of by my “friends” and family. I also do not get service at SOME real Mexican restaurants simply because I do not know Spanish. I notice that many immigrants refuse to speak English and do not accept Mexican Americans who do not speak Spanish. I believe this is ignorant. Every other ethnic group must learn English, this is an English speaking country (that is quickly becoming bilingual because some people do not know English). I understand that America is a place for all ethnic backgrounds and I accept everyone. I’m in a multicultural sorority and we’re all about that. I am just stating, it would be really nice if my own “people” my Mexican brothers and sisters would not judge me or treat me differently just because I’m not “Mexican” enough for them or I’m not a true Mexican American.

  4. Stop the Ignorance
    Jul 13, 2013 - 04:00 PM

    I was hoping to come into this to find at least a couple valid points to build on some research. Unfortunately, I just found another example of internalized oppression. Just so you know, undocumented citizens do not qualify for any form of welfare, it is only for those who have citizenship in the U.S. I hope you are aware of this, but welfare is not just assistance for those one the poor side of the spectrum. Look it up.

    You are passing on ignorance by stereotyping the immigrant experience. Use your education and privilege to advocate on your beliefs, but keep in mind that when making a strong statement, do your research first. Explore law, policy, history, and social theory. Maybe, just maybe, you can create some sort of valid statement. Right now, you’re just making your own political stance look naive and ignorant.

  5. Jim Bob
    Apr 10, 2013 - 06:17 PM

    Excellent article….my wife is Chinese and a lot of my friends are black and have suffered racism from hispanics.Also to correct Dr.Stafford, Asians, especially the Chinese were here before the Native Americans.The Chinese and the Jews are two most discriminated and persecuted people on the planet.

  6. Lisa Dominguez
    Mar 09, 2013 - 02:53 AM

    Hi. I looked up my name and found that my comment on here was written and being used as to make me out to be a racist, and I want to set the record straight that I am not a racist and never was… only there are many who don’t know me and if they did then people would know that I am an advocate against racism. I believe there is good and bad in all races, and I also believe that any hate is not worth the giving nor feeling. I am sorry for all those who allow themselves to have racism in their hearts. -signed, Lisa Dominguez

  7. Giovana
    Feb 09, 2013 - 02:50 PM

    Ridiculous article.

  8. Dr. Richard Stafford
    Oct 11, 2012 - 05:46 PM

    I wish some of your posters would take a few minutes to watch a compelling and provocative story on about my adopted son from Honduras, who is working hard to become a legal citizen after wandering here from Honduras in search of his mother after Hurricane Mitch. I think you might change your self-absorbed ethoncentristic values if you took just a moment to understand, that even the Native Americans were here legally before any Europeans. I guess we forget that.





    Dr. Stafford

  9. response
    May 29, 2012 - 10:53 PM

    You know, I grew up thinking the same way as you. I purposefully rejected the Spanish language and grew up doing everything I could to fit in with those around me, but after going to college, I learned how wrong all that really is. First, I think that you need to step out of your experiences and base your opinion on numbers, facts, and more objective sources. Your experiences are just not statistically significant when you consider the number of illegal people in the US. Second of all, the things that you complain about are not isolated to the Hispanic community– other illegals do it. Third, please don’t equate Hispanic with Mexican. Fourth, do some research on the ethnic background of soldiers who fought some of our greatest wars. Hispanics, along with many other minorities, have been fighting and dying for the US for generations. I don’t think your article gives enough credit to these people. Do you know that many public high schools in the US have programs that filter minorities–especially Hispanics–into the military? Do you know that this filtering withholds some students from the classes they need to even become eligible for college. Do us all a favor and educate yourself before writing ignorant articles like this.



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