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intercultural inconsideration [Dec. 14th, 2004|06:45 pm]
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[music |some new age tribal something my dad put on]

There is something horribly wrong with some speakers of the Mexican language.

I was trying to study in ABC, and three men--two of which were caucasion--in business suits entered. If I was not previously the only customer in the establishment, the other was distant and quiet. The new three chose the table, among all others on the empty floor, closest to me to sit and proceeded to discuss their affairs, in Spanish, loudly.

My Spanish teacher in high school tried to teach us that hispanics have a different perception of "personal space" because they have a much "warmer" culture. On the contrary, I have found that, given my observation of many of them, they have a much more "inconsiderate" culture. On more than one occasion has a hispanic treated me not as if I were in his/her way, but as if I were not there at all. (i.e. I am currently reading the nutritional information on a package in Wal-Mart, and a person steps three inches in front of my face to grab another.)

I do understand that this is a free country. I understand that there is no official, national language. But when people utilize a language that nobody else understands as an alternative to lowering their voices, then I feel that that is infringing upon the rights of others--rights to life, liberty, and some fuckin' peace and quiet. At the very least, it is rude, obnoxious, and inconsiderate.

That is all.