Is everything as authentic as the Ensalada Monje? Oh, wait. They don't have that in Mexico.
Would those 8000+ souls living in poverty in Chapel Hill happen to be UNC students or are they not counted as residents?
Great comment, Dr. Mike. I was thinking much along the same lines. I particularly wanted to emphasize English and assimilation. It's easy for the conquerors of this land to insist on everyone to learn their language. The queen's English doesn't even reign across all of London, much less the whole UK. Ask the Cockneys. Having an official language is really quite artificial. Italy still has more than 40 Italic languages within its borders. African slaves were forcibly assimilated in this country and not allowed to keep their language or even their drumming (sometimes used as language). When the Cherokees were encouraged to assimilate under official government programs, some of them became extremely successful. The government later rescinded this program and in the meantime there were some Cherokees that had everything taken from them from crooked settlers. Actually, I don't even like the words settlers/pilgrims/colonists. Let's call them invaders.
You might've seen a t-shirt with what looks like a Mayan asking, "Who's the illegal immigrant, pilgrim?" It's really funny to see Minutemen on the border in Texas trying to keep out illegal immigrants on the land that was stolen from the Mexicans, which the Mexicans "stole" from the Spanish when they won their independence and which the Spanish stole from plenty of well-established indigenous groups. Some like-minded folks in Australia have an art-based campaign that reminds everyone there that "we are all boat people" when hatred is aimed at recent boat refugees.
Anyways, my post needs some editing, but I've got to write a paper for my class at UNC on Spanish poetry/drama/art/cinema - European culture that is being studied by this Mexican-Peruvian-American, son of a couple that met through a Chinese fortune cookie factory and husband of a Korean wife and father to an American child.
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