Hard to believe just how badly and explosively the culture, media, & government have created such a knee-jerk, divisive & adversarial society. Oh, I suppose I saw it coming with whispers between friends when other friends who disagreed on certain matters would enter a room. Where there once would be interesting dialogue, now there were clear battle zones and no one seemed able or willing to cross. If you agreed with one "world vision" (a new word I never heard until the last 5 years), then someone of another "world vision" might be offended and therefore could not tolerate your very presence. (Wow---sounds extreme, but, I digress...) So, now it comes to a point, I learn from Aubrey (clearly, I have been sleeping under a rock from not have being disturbed from this new catastrophe). The new Coke Commercial (found on youtube) where they sing "America the Beautiful" has evidently upset many people. I must confess; I was confused. Perhaps, some people have way too much time on their hands. Perhaps, some are purists. As for me I initially thought it was like Coke's 1971 "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing", or
"It's A Small World After All," ride at Disneyworld ----So cozy, happy go lucky, and thought for a moment, what a great country we live in with all these types of people and what a great unifier is Coke. Everyone drinks Coke. Finally, a commercial I get! Pretty song, lovely scenery, Coke! How is that controversial? Oh, wait, I forgot the Obama era we live where everyone must hate everything that even comes close to looking like it might support some other side's agenda. Wait, let me guess...let me read the hidden meaning ...this one must mean we all support illegal immigration if we like the song? No? Maybe it's that we all support terrorists and gay marriages if we buy Coke? Does it mean we support child labor, international slave labor, unfair wages, what? No? I don't know. I'm confused. I'm too tired to speculate, too tired to buy into the BS, too tired to care, and truthfully, I don't drink Coke anyway (not a fan of high-fructose corn syrup). Anyway, maybe it's because I live in "The City Too Busy Too Hate" or maybe it's because I know plenty of bilingual American citizens who arrived in this country in the last half century, worked for & earned their citizenship, worked their tail off to businesses or trades of their own, and taught their children to do the same.
Then I read some of the comments posted that had no basis other than people just don't seem to like that folks that were in the commercial didn't look Anglo-Saxon and didn't have their native language as English. Well, I got to thinking and a whole line of my family didn't look Anglo-Saxon. My much beloved & cherished Granny Patton was Native American and in her words "looked like an ole squaw." I couldn't have loved her more if she'd have been blond, blue-eyed, and tall. As to non-English speaking, well-being from Louisiana, my culture & history doesn't allow a prejudice against people who speak more than one language. As a matter of fact, anyone remember good ole Charlie Rich? Remember his version of America the Beautiful in 1976? I have it on my iPod. Was it in "all English" as the current demand is? No one seemed to complain then. Plus, the bilingual friends (who are now American citizens) I know now are so proud to live in this country and to be blessed by the freedoms we have, because they have fled from brutal situations and tragedies in their homeland countries ---they are as patriotic, dedicated, and true to the promises of the "American dream" ...and willing to work for it as hard anyone I know. They teach their children to EXCEL---not just pass or graduate. These kids are in AP courses, graduating in the upper tiers of their class, along with my daughter, competing for top scholarships and high honors. These kids are not hanging out on the weekends like some other kids getting drunk, taking life for granted, doing drugs or getting pregnant---they are ambitious, smart, proud, focused, grateful for the opportunity, and determined. They still treat this country, the education and opportunities here as a privilege, not an entitlement and they are a privilege to know. They still show respect to their parents. So, to those who want to hate them without even knowing who they are, maybe you should meet a few of them before you judge them so harshly. Most of them have work ethics that used to be common in people where I came from, but time, necessity, welfare, demographic changes and circumstances have made such work ethics and morals the exception there.
So, please don't hate what we haven't met or don't understand. Before you dismiss someone, meet them, get to know them, heck, have a Coke & a smile and then decide if they are the source of all evil. Or you might just find that you've been fed a story by some group that benefits from you hating another group... And then you might start to ask Why? And if all so call "haters", liberals and conservatives, would do the same thing when their "knee-jerks" about stereotypes of whatever kind kicks in, maybe we could actually get somewhere....and begin to actually become free again.