NO MEXICANS ALLOWED? ¡NO MAS!
This story is amazing [Gustavo Arellano’s "Mi Casa Es Mi Casa,” May 7]! It is so important to keep these stories in the forefront so people like me, who rarely experienced racism, can understand why and be thankful for those who fought for my rights as a Latina. I hope that Joseph Bernal does complete his screenplay or author a book. I would definitely support both. Thank you, OC Weekly, for writing such uplifting work!
Celia, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
Excellent piece. This historic article should win a prize. I am proud that it was written and also published. As a public-high-school teacher in East LA, I will share this one with my students so that they can truly understand what we are dealing with today: extended xenophobia. The students don’t know why racism exists and have less of a grasp of its historical context; this piece gives a human side to the violent takeover by white supremacists via Manifest Destiny in what were/are Mexican lands.
Kelly Flores, Los Angeles, via ocweekly.com
Please write more about stories like this. We need to know more history of this county, of individuals who paved the way for everyone who lives in Orange County. It is about doing what is right regardless of race, color, religion, creed, sex, etc. We can all learn from this story.
Ms. Jimenez, Santa Ana, via ocweekly.com
Richard Nixon once said that John Wayne exemplified American military heroism. One problem with that was Wayne was classified 4F (health exemption) in World War II and only put on a uniform for the cameras. Another problem was that it advanced our tendency to restrict hero status to those who are athletic, photogenic, mobsters or gazillionaires, which means of course there’s no room at the lens for the Alex Bernals of this world.
Sixty-seven years ago, age 17 and about to go off to war, I heard about Bernal on the March of Time radio program, how he’d stood tall in court and beaten the bigots. I felt ashamed as an American that he’d had to go through this, just to have a decent house for his family, located his address from telephone information and wrote him an apology. I received a Christmas card in response, and that was it—except that occasionally, over the years, I’d remember him and feel warmed and awed by his accomplishment. A peaceful Shane, who rode into the valley, secured homesteading rights for the family folk, and then quietly went his way.
Then, last week, I received an e-mail from Joseph Bernal. He’d seen a letter sent in 1943 from Richard Rosenthal to Alex Bernal. After a couple of hours, I remembered. Joseph asked me if his father had an influence on my life. I can’t pin that down, but I don’t think it’s entirely a coincidence that for the past 20 years, I’ve been an affordable-housing advocate in a mega-expensive town where, not so long ago, a 3-acre piece of land sold for $100 million and that a substantial portion of the people we build subsidized housing for are immigrants from Latin America who provide our town with most of what remains here of the Protestant work ethic. They drive the trucks, landscape the estates, clean the homes, become citizens and send their kids to college. I’m sure Alex would be proud of them. And now, he can be a hero to them, as he is to me.
Richard Rosenthal, East Hampton, New York, via e-mail
ACTUAL MISOGYNIST, RACIST BULLSHIT OR TRENCHANT SATIRE? YOU DECIDE!
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is just another unfeminine, pantsuit-wearing, angry female politician who—with Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and others—seeks to become the dominant sex in a country of submissive metrosexual men [R[R. Scott Moxley’s Moxley Confidential, "Putting the Ho In Ho Chi Minh,” May 7]She is threatened by the beautiful Asian courtesans and uses the pretext of human trafficking to keep them from immigrating to the U.S., where they would quickly be snapped up as quality marriage-ready women. Vote for Van Tran and keep angry, bossy, masculine women out of politics.
Joe, Westminster, via ocweekly.com
WHAT, YOUR SCALE DOESN’T GO TO 11?
I disagree with Joel Beers’ critique of the Hunger Artists’ production of the play Nine ["["Not a Magic Number,” May 7]e cast is wonderful, and the music is uniquely delightful. My wife and I have seen it twice, and everyone walks out raving about how great it was. Nine is definitely a 10. Don’t miss it.
Bob Stahl, Long Beach, via fax
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