"I've got cousins galore. Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out."
"My grandfather was the only Mexican at his college, the only Hispanic person at work and the only one at the all-white country club. He tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn't speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose."
"My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, ... So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don't speak Spanish. So, to say that I'm a Latin actress, OK, but it's not fitting; it would be insincere."
"My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn't want his kids to be different."
"[Before] I always felt like such an outcast and now I feel like people are more diverse ethnically. I was always self conscience of my puffy lips and darker skin when I was a kid, because I felt like I didn't fit in. And now its mainstream, and color isn't as big of a deal and if anything its better."
You know, I think this is the first time I have ever heard a Hollyweird celebrity, besides Chris Rock or Bill Cosby, truly speak candidly about race. And the line about how she had an American upbringing and feels American -- go Jessica!! Two thumbs up for you, my friend!
Jessica's family is a perfect example of the difference between Mexican immigrants in the past and Mexican (illegal) immigrants today. When her family immigrated here, they didn't speak Spanish. They came here, worked hard, and judging by the fact that they were a members of a country club, did well for themselves. I doubt they were living off of government programs or refusing to learn English or forming near riots to protest his "right" to be here without following the law. They assimilated and played by the rules, and I welcome those immigrants with open arms. Whichever members of her family immigrated here -- they are just as much of an American as I am.
Now, today's Mexican (illegal) immigrants -- for the most part, obviously I can't speak for all -- refuse to learn English and only speak Spanish, and force the rest of us to learn Spanish in order to communicate with them. They don't assimilate, they don't come here waving the American flag (although they happily wave the Mexican flag at every opportunity), they leech of off government programs, only to send the meager amounts of money they do make back to Mexico. That is not an American; that is not someone who wants to become an American, and there's a world of difference between the two.
But again, two thumbs up for Jessica Alba!
Hat Tip: Perez Hilton