Before I even begin this post, I would like to say that this is a personal blog. I can say anything I wish to say. But with all due respect to being a well-educated professional and a responsible citizen of this world, I do not wish to trigger hatred and violent reactions.
But then again, I have to say something. For the sake of being an Asian and a Filipino, I need to say something.
This post is a retort to what Ex-Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry said of Filipino nurses working in American Hospitals.
Just over three weeks ago, Barry insinuated that Filipino nurses and teachers are taking away jobs from Americans.
“In fact, it’s so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines,” said Barry. “And no offense, but let’s grow our own teachers, let’s grow our own nurses – and so that we don’t have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places – having to hire people from somewhere else.”
Barry’s negative comments against Filipino nurses came almost three weeks after he made a similar prejudiced observation that Asian-owned businesses were “dirty shops.”
The good ex-mayor already apologized only after Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr., along with several Asian American leaders and groups, demanded that he do so for his insensitive and negative flippant remarks against Filipino nurses.
I love it when Ambassador Cuisia said it, ‘deplorable’.
It is indeed. And a sorry could not heal it just like that. Words are so powerful and the damage has been done.
Some people are so careless and irresponsible of the use of their mouth.
Barry should not be saying sorry to the Filipino nurses or the Asian-American community, he should be saying sorry to himself for showing how arrogant and irresponsible a politician he is. And what a disgrace that such a disgusting remark would come from an ex-Washington DC Mayor.
Some people are just so racist that sometimes, they could not hide it. The hatred just comes out of their mouth.
American companies continue to hire Filipino workers, not just nurses and teachers, but all types of fields and professions because Filipinos are known to be hard-working, patient and trustworthy. After all, it is not our fault if most (if not all) Filipino professionals are globally competent, talented and passionate about work. And besides, why is race or origin still an issue in America? They are supposed to be a multi-racial and a democratic country.
Why is some people so selfish and insensitive? Is it because they think they are always superior than other nationalities? Or is it because they are trying to create a buzz so that they could fill the news again.
Who do you think you are to say that the presence of Asian workers in America is “bad” or that Asian-owned shops are “dirty shops”? Is that what you have learned after 16 years of Mayorship in Washington DC?
With that kind of attitude, I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these days, Barry would comment against American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez as well.
This goes to all nationalities out there who think they are superior and that Filipinos are stupid and ignorant:
Next time, please be responsible of your words and be mindful of your big mouth. For sure, you do not want the same remarks on your fellow countrymen who are also working abroad. Just like what the golden rule says “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.”
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