Skip to comments.Celebrated Latino hire not bilingual
Posted on 03/22/2012 8:30:28 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
The Boston Fire Departments new second in command was hailed as the citys first Latino chief when he was hired last year, but the veteran firefighter doesnt speak Spanish, the Herald has learned.
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My wife's ancestry is German. It would really be stretching things to call my wife German-American, but I guess you could. I don't think there would be any implication that my wife has a working knowledge of German. She doesn't.
If someone is "Latino", is there some requirement that they speak Spanish in order to justify the desgination?
And as for Spanish speaking, what about Brazilians whose language would be Portuguese?
Perhaps he’s simply the most qualified to PERFORM HIS DUTIES?!?!?!
What a concept!!!
Oh, the humanity.
Is "Latino" like that? All Spanish speakers are Latino? You don't don't speak Spanish? Then you can't be Latino(?)
I have no idea if the Lords of Political Corectness are defining the term that way.
In return, those persons largely refused to teach their AMERICAN children their native language.
I knew a legal Hispanic of Mexican background tell me that when she did a stint at MacDonalds, Mexicans would come up to here and start rattling off in Spanish. They’d get ticked off when she told them she didn’t speak the language (true - she was completely Americanized).
There was another Americanized girl I knew who did speak Spanish, and said that one time she worked in a mushroom plant in PA with a lot of Hispanics. When asked something in Spanish, she replied in English. One day one of the women said that she ought to learn Spanish. In fluent Mexican, she replied that when she was in Mexico, she spoke Spanish as a sign of respect for the people and their country - and - when she was in America, she spoke English for the same reason. If I wasn’t already married, I’d have gone for her.
>> fluent Mexican, she replied that when she was in Mexico, she spoke Spanish as a sign of respect for the people and their country <<
My wife is from Mexico and feels exactly that way. She does everything in English. She also gets very angry at illegal aliens and their supporters.
She also has made it clear that when we retire to Mexico (as a National, she can buy land at the coast) I will learn Spanish (better than my current rather pidgin version of it).
How long before La Raza shows up to insist on racial justice that would see this man losing his position as an obvious ringer?
Hey everyone, look at us. We promoted a minority. Aren’t we just so special?
He only likes women? Well, that isn’t going to go over well in Boston.
Well, it’s better than my first thought when I read the headline. I thought they meant he didn’t speak ENGLISH!!!
I saw that...epic fail to the leftists I guess.
This balances out the ex-superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools who couldn’t communicate anything in English.
It would be funny if he actually spoke Latin... ‘See, I’m a genuine Latino (caveat emptor)’
They would probably be thrilled if he spoke ONLY Spanish.
We had a clerk/typist of Mexican descent in our office (born in CA) who was hired with a minority preference - she could barely type and was nearly illiterate but they kept her for over a year until she had to be let go for incompetence. She sued, of course - and lost. Her sole argument was racism against latinos, but she could not speak a word of Spanish, let alone function at work.
The media and black leaders have decided that would be less diverse than an African American whose only connection to slavery was ancestors who sold their neighbors to the slave trade, but who plays up his connection to slavery with voters who not only were never slaves but have never even met a former slave.
It can be quite confusing, an Arab is someone from the Arabian Peninsula, but we call anyone speaking Arabic, an Arab. No so in North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. While there are folks in all those regions that speak Arabic, they consider themselves, Saudi’s, Tunisians, Jordanians, etc.
Latino originally refered to folks who spoke Latin or languages derived from Latin. (Italian, French, Spanish, and Portugese) Technically, folks from Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal are Latino. Because South America, Central America, and the southern portion of North America, were colonized by Spain and Portugal, it was lumped together as Latin America and the folks that live there are also called Latinos. A better term would be Hispanic, meaning they share a common ancestral culture originating in Spain.
Better yet, if they live in this country, they should just call themselves American.
What aren't all Latinos required to speak Latin?
Yeah; and the entire family tree has been on welfare ever since.
By rights, Quebec should be part of Latin America, too. Though, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't relish being called Latinos.
While in H.R., I was sitting on an interview panel for a position open in our department. A stunning Latina girl with an obvious Spanish name was an applicant. Our ever-so-PC Director, said, “I assume you speak Spanish.” At that point, the applicant softly and strongly said, “No; I do not. I am an American.” My hero. (We became close friends.)
The right last name, like the right skin color, trumps other considerations.