ok, so i posted a while ago about my irritation with dora the explorer. mainly, it's because my daughter is obsessed with her and she is slowly trying to overtake our lives. but lately, i've been annoyed on another level. beside the fact that i just don't want to look at dora all over my house, furniture & child's clothes....i'm also annoyed at her presence-period. she teaches the children spanish. so does diego her cousin.
now that i do have a child, i am very observant as to what she does, watches and plays with. and i would be lying if i said i was annoyed that there wasn't a more diverse selection of entertainment characters. there's dora, her cousin diego...
now there's kai-lan, a chinese girl who teaches chinese during her cartoon and a host of talking animals. the only black cartoon is little bill, created by bill cosby.
i love little bill. his family is so cute and all of the people on the cartoon are diverse. he has a white friend, an asian friend and his little black cousin hangs with them as well. the cartoon is almost like the cosby show in cartoon form and i love that they considered the diversity of this country in all of their stories, even tho the main characters are black. i wish there was a cartoon with a little black girl as the main character...all i have to look forward to is disney's frog princess...whenever that comes out.
but it bothers me that there are not more black cartoons or children's shows on tv. dora & diego are EVERYWHERE! they have thousands of cartoon episodes, all types of merchandiing and they even are on broadway. little bill has been on the programming list since august and they show the same 10 episodes over and over.
***DOES IT MATTER TO YOU WHAT ETHNICITY OF CARTOON OR SHOW YOUR CHILDREN WATCH? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CARTOONING? lol*****
Chicas In The City did a post recently about the brown & black divide. it stirred up some questions as to why hispanics and black people seemingly have issues with each other. i touched upon some superficial reasons, but ones that are still important to me...mainly that i feel like the US is slowly becoming a larger mexico. when i think about it, i get baffled as to how this country is loaded with hispanics legal and otherwise and how our society has seemed to shape itself around them in many ways. we all know how they are exploited for cheaper labor...but what other reason has the country gone espanol?
it's like, if you are not bilingual in spanish, you are below the totem-pole. i am all for foreign language knowledge, especially for the purpose of personal enrichment. i personally prefer french. it is an elegant language and it is just beautiful. but in society, especially the working world, spanish is pushed and asked for a lot of times. and if you're not speaking it, YOU may get left behind....in america.
i am sick and tired to death of having to sift thru spanish speaking prompts, lines, signs and such to get service wherever i go. case in point, i took my child to the doctor and i could barely get in the door because aproximately 12 hispanic men, women and children were lined up to speak to the spanish receptionist. the english speaking counter was desolate. for some reason, this annoyed me to death. i had to say "excuse me" 20 times just to get by. and when i would listen to their convos, not ONE word of english was spoken. that baffles me. how do you come to a country where your language is NOT the native tongue and refuse to ever learn or use it? how does that work? how do you thrive, hold jobs, reap benefits...pretty much do whatever you want while never learning to speak even a few sentences?
i cannot imagine (nor would i want to) go to another country and not attempt whatever language is spoken there. and i'm speaking just of visiting...let alone set up my life and migrate there. picture me: i've moved to africa...."um, ya'll gonna speak english to me" (tapping foot impatiently)
i was out to dinner with some folks and i did not finish all of my food. i do not like for the wait staff to package my leftover food so if this is customary at certain places, i always ask them to leave mine so that i may do it myself. well, a hispanic man came to grab my bowl and i said "no, just bring me a box please. i'll do it." ten minutes later, he came by again, grabbing my bowl. he actually tried to do a little tug-of-war with me. i said again, "no, leave it. bring me a box please." 15 minutes later, he came AGAIN, grabbing at my bowl...finally i said. "NO! habla ingles?" he says "poco". i said "ugh, adios." HOW IS THIS? why am i having to speak ESPANOL in america where i am paying for a service? why does he have a job and not even have a basic vocabulary of things related to said job? i just feel this is so rude....but then again, society has shaped itself to the point where english isn't even necessary for them anymore.
***ARE YOU BOTHERED BY THIS? HAVE YOU HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING IN AMERICA? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS? ***