To The Daily Sun,
As A Wise Friend Says -- and as I teach to my children -- “There is an ounce of truth in every pound of story.”
This applies to stereotypes, and particularly in my long and wide experience in the world, to stereotypes about immigrants.
Scare stories about immigrants to USA and New Hampshire abound: Exploiters, thieves, drug dealers, no-accounts, what next ... Will they sneak into my home, wicked witch style, and eat my children?
I do not advocate stereotyping at all, and I advise everyone to relate to each person as an individual human being. Sure some immigrants are all that stereotypes say; exploiters, criminals, drug dealers, etc. But if you are tempted to apply stereotypes to all members of a group, what will you judge about all Lakes Region teenagers and young adults after reading daily criminal mischief and mayhem articles in the Sun? Should we stereotype all local white people, because of the actions of a few?
Of course, you wouldn’t judge all by the actions of the few. I am active in our communities, and each day’s outings brings me in contact with people of all ages, local and yes, different origins and races, who are friendly, polite, courteous – just sharing the love.
This letter came to mind on a recent visit to a favorite community store. The manager on duty obviously was of south Asian descent, and he was as polite, helpful and quickly efficient as anyone could ask. The very neat and pretty young woman at the cash register, clearly also an Asian immigrant, was so patient and helpful with an Elder who was having a bit of trouble with her transaction. When it was my turn, it was: “Did you find everything that you wanted, sir? Was everything all right, sir? Two bags? Of course, sir. Thank you very much, sir. Good day, sir.”
Stereotypes: I worry about our locally born slackers with attitudes like: “Ya Man. Whatever. That’s your problem, figure it out.”
Come to think of it, now, maybe you local slackers SHOULD fear honest, earnest immigrants, because they WILL take your jobs and eat your lunch. It’s not for nothing that so many well paying jobs that require performance and responsibility go unfilled in NH and USA.
WHAT THIS NATION NEEDS IS MORE HONEST WELL-INTENTIONED LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
A proud descendant of hard-working, up-by-the-bootstraps, legal immigrants,
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