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Old 12-16-2013, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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You all start speaking Russian now. Pronto!
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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You all start speaking Russian now. Pronto!
Horosho!
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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Actually, as an American with a Spanish last name, I find that I do get profiled based on the surname alone. As a matter of fact, just last week, I received a Spanish-only Christmas card from Mayor Regalado. I find this very presumptuous and offensive. My last name may be Spanish, but my language is English, and there are many people like me out there. I find many Spanish-speakers to be very pushy about the use of Spanish. To me, they use the language as an affirmation that "This is OUR city." Very uncivil.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: America
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Actually, as an American with a Spanish last name, I find that I do get profiled based on the surname alone. As a matter of fact, just last week, I received a Spanish-only Christmas card from Mayor Regalado. I find this very presumptuous and offensive. My last name may be Spanish, but my language is English, and there are many people like me out there. I find many Spanish-speakers to be very pushy about the use of Spanish. To me, they use the language as an affirmation that "This is OUR city." Very uncivil.
So ethnically, you ate Latino, or of Latino heritage, no?
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:27 AM
 
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Yes, I am. And...?
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: America
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Yes, I am. And...?
I was just curious. You mentioned your nationality in a way that denoted you equated it with your ethnicity. It was just me being curious, no biggie.
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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I was just curious. You mentioned your nationality in a way that denoted you equated it with your ethnicity. It was just me being curious, no biggie.
Sorry to have sounded defensive.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Actually, as an American with a Spanish last name, I find that I do get profiled based on the surname alone. As a matter of fact, just last week, I received a Spanish-only Christmas card from Mayor Regalado. I find this very presumptuous and offensive. My last name may be Spanish, but my language is English, and there are many people like me out there. I find many Spanish-speakers to be very pushy about the use of Spanish. To me, they use the language as an affirmation that "This is OUR city." Very uncivil.
Reminds me of a co-worker I had one time in Miami- he had a Hispanic first and last name, but he was a Filipino. Apparently he used to get phone calls all the time, from folks who insisted on speaking Spanish to him because, well, after all, his name was Hispanic. One time I was in his office when he got one of those calls, and he interrupted the caller to inform him that he didn't speak Spanish. Apparently the caller got mad and hung up on him. He commented to me, after he hung up, that he didn't understand why people always assumed he spoke Spanish. I don't know why, that struck me as funny, as I suggested to him that it might be his name.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Actually, as an American with a Spanish last name, I find that I do get profiled based on the surname alone. As a matter of fact, just last week, I received a Spanish-only Christmas card from Mayor Regalado. I find this very presumptuous and offensive. My last name may be Spanish, but my language is English, and there are many people like me out there. I find many Spanish-speakers to be very pushy about the use of Spanish. To me, they use the language as an affirmation that "This is OUR city." Very uncivil.



I always suspected that at least for some of those folks ( not all,of course), this might be true. Of course I think they'd also vigorously deny that there was any truth to this claim.

But it goes along with the claim that "Cubans built Miami and made it what it is today"..... and how Miami was nothing until they came....
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Old 12-17-2013, 11:09 AM
 
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Reminds me of a co-worker I had one time in Miami- he had a Hispanic first and last name, but he was a Filipino. Apparently he used to get phone calls all the time, from folks who insisted on speaking Spanish to him because, well, after all, his name was Hispanic. One time I was in his office when he got one of those calls, and he interrupted the caller to inform him that he didn't speak Spanish. Apparently the caller got mad and hung up on him. He commented to me, after he hung up, that he didn't understand why people always assumed he spoke Spanish. I don't know why, that struck me as funny, as I suggested to him that it might be his name.
My partner experiences this all the time. His first and last names are Spanish. However, he can barely compose a sentence in Spanish. Yet, at his job, he routinely has patrons approaching him in Spanish, we assume because of his looks and his name tag. When he asks them if they speak English, they become quite annoyed and often ask him disdainfully, "You mean you don't speak Spanish?!" They become angry that their Spanish-only bubble has been popped.
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