Monday, October 24, 2011

I'm sorry, senor.

Every time I see a Hispanic person now, I want to say, "I'm sorry about Alabama's new immigration law.  I don't hate you.  I don't think that you're responsible for all of the crime in our state.  I don't think you came here to steal my job. I'm sorry that our legislature passed and our governor signed into law a bill that gives you every reason to think these things."

I love that I'm a Southerner and a native of Alabama.  I love sweet iced tea and fresh Gulf shrimp.  I love long, warm summers and short, mild winters.  I love words like "y'all" and phrases like "fixin' to".  But right now I'm ashamed to be from Alabama because of this new immigration law.