Monday, August 31, 2015
Fiorella's paternal grandfather lived and died as an undocumented immigrant--an illegal alien, or whatever you want to call it. And, like most other immigrants, he came to this country for opportunity, to make a better life for himself than he could have had in his native country. He worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines--just as today's UIs pick the crops, clean houses, and mow lawns. And on the side, he married and fathered four children, who produced seven grandchildren, all of whom would have made him proud--two teachers, an audiologist, an accountant, an entrepreneur, a lawyer, and your Fio, who ain't doin' too bad either.
The only difference Fiorella can see between Grandpa and today's UIs is that he was blond and a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian empire, while they are dark and citizens of Mexico.
Racism by any other name can stink as sweet.