Quote from Dolce
You have a great sense of humor about a not-funny problem.
However, I cannot believe we still have such prejudice among our police officers.
You just haven't lived long enough. :wink2:
I guess it depends on where you live. Brief history of Hispanic peoples:
Spain conquered the native peoples south of the border and in California and the desert southwest of what is now the US. Along with other Europeans, they essentially enslaved the native populace. Study the history of the Missions in California to get a little flavor of what life was like under European rule of the natives. Study topics like La Raza, the zoot suit wars, migrant farm/agricultural workers, "wetbacks"
(a really hateful term), and you will get an idea of where the animosity originated and where things stand today.
A lot of native Hispanic Americans do not speak English, believe it or not, as there is either no need to use it within their barrios
(ghettoes) or they do not want to learn it, due to contempt for English-speaking imperialists who stole their land not so very long ago. Their ancestors were here first and they just have had a hard way to go under European rule. Understandable. How would you feel if your homeland was overrun and you and your loved ones and neighbors were forced to adopt a new language, a new religion, and new ways? Even several generations later, the desire to know and live their heritage is very, very strong.
Look up the Hispanic Nurses' Association and the Chicano issue/movement.
Some Spanish-speaking nurses tell me that they are very often called to translate. They don't mind except that it takes them away from their own work and takes up a lot of time. That's why some places have instituted a bilingual bonus.