I see the point you’re trying to make. It’s understandable, albeit overtly aggressive.
You’re absolutely right. My parents understood that when they immigrated to America, a part of their own culture would have to be sacrificed. So they learned to speak English. They started celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas. They gave up Chinese New Year, moon pies, and both their Ph.D’s. They even tried out a backyard barbecue once.
In fact, I agree with you so much, it’s literally the basis of my article. I wanted to fit in too much. And it seems like you may have simply glazed over that first half of my story.
In no part of my article did I demand for others to learn my language, or to eat my food. This was not an article placing white people at the feet of minorities. This was an exploration into my own journey towards self love and appreciation.
Without getting too personal or coming off as confrontational, it seems like you may have some personal issues with the current rise of minority voice.
You write, “Let’s not ruin [the dynamic, vibrant nation] for future generations by tearing it apart and making it into the Balkanized bastion of warring tribes that it is quickly becoming.” But who is warring right now? We, as minorities, simply want to be heard. We simply want recognition for our part in building this country’s “culture.”
If there’s any “warring,” it’s from the people who simply refuse to acknowledge our oppression. It’s the people who are offended by us being offended, annoyed that our complaints are upsetting the status quo.
You also ask, “My question for you is why American t.v. or American culture as a whole had any sort of obligation to acknowledge your existence.” My response is, are you serious?
I can’t fathom who, as a minority, would be pleased to see their own culture and stories represented by a white actor/actress on television. I can’t comprehend the idea that someone whose heritage has been repeatedly condensed into basic stereotypes throughout history, would be ok seeing just those stereotypes as the sole portrayal of their existence across the country.
America is without a doubt a beautifully strong and diverse country. It’s unapologetically democratic and unabashedly proud, sometimes almost to a fault.
But it is also a nation first built on the backs of African slaves and later with the help of a few hundred thousand immigrants (with whom they have a history of hostility towards). To say that we have much to mend and work on, is an understatement.
Honestly, you’ve opened some floodgates and I could probably type for another hour in response to your post. But perhaps I’ll just save that for another article.