By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

An Archbishop Speaks

"I would never deny that Mexican and Hispanic culture are different. A continental European perspective shapes the Hispanic sense of law and government, which is definitely different from the Anglo-Saxon ideas of America’s founders. There is also a different “sense of life” that comes from Hispanic culture. But Huntington [the late and misguided Harvard professor] would have us see these cultural differences as evidence of cultural deficiency and inferiority. In this, he makes the mistake we have seen too often in American history – the mistaking of assuming European white racial superiority. Sad to say that in our immigration debates today, we often hear ideas like Huntington’s being repeated on cable television, talk radio, and Internet blogs, and even by some of our political leaders."

----Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles (quoted by M.S. Winters at this link).

By the way, what the Archbishop points out is that Hispanic culture is indeed European in origin; but, alas, it seems that, for many, a common culture is not enough--you also have to have a certain skin tone.

(Below is the public domain image of the seal of the city founded by Hispanics in 1781 as "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula"; one of the heraldic quadrants reflects Mexico at lower left, one reflects Spain at lower right.)