Last week, New York City lawyer Aaron Schlossberg walked into a midtown restaurant to buy lunch. Enraged that the employees were speaking Spanish to one another, Mr. Schlossberg took a temper tantrum.
The result of his temper tantrum was not only loads of attention from the press, but also a party complete with a mariachi band outside of his apartment building.
What he and others who think like him forget is that America is made up of many people whose first language was or is not English. If I were a betting woman, I would wager that relations spoke only Yiddish or Hebrew when they arrived in America.
Since his temper tantrum hit the news, he has not only lost the lease to his office, but public officials have filed a grievance with the city department that has a hand in those in the legal profession.
There is no room for racism or prejudice in 2018. If we learn anything from Mr. Schlossberg, it is that those who openly spout racist or prejudiced views will get what is coming to them, in one way or another.
We often come back to our favorite books because it takes us back to a comfortable and happy place.
Recently, I finished re-reading Little Women.
Published in 1868 and written by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is the story of the four March sisters (Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy), growing up and coming of age in Civil War era New England. Meg is the proper eldest child, Jo is the tomboy, Beth is the homebody and Amy is the diva.
As the sisters grow and mature, each faces her own challenges on the way to adulthood.
Little Women still resonates because none of the sisters completely fits the stereotype that she is based on. Many readers (myself included) will also see themselves in more than one sister and may change who they relate to as they themselves grow and mature.
The book, at its heart, is about the relationships between the sisters. They have their fair share of disarrangement’s, but at the end of the day, the girls know that if there is no one else to turn to, her sisters will be there.
Alcott also wisely decided to make the marriage plot secondary. While, Meg, Jo and Amy do eventually marry (I won’t give away what happens to Beth if you haven’t read the novel), the narrative is not solely about the girls finding husbands.
And that is why I re-read Little Women.
School used to be defined by the three R’s-reading, writing and arithmetic. Over the last twenty years or so, an SS need to be added to the three R’s- school shooting.
On Friday morning, Dimitrios Pagourtzis walked into a classroom at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas and starting shooting at classmates. When the shooting finally stopped, eight students and two teacher were dead. 10 more are wounded.
According to news reports, the young man accused of the murders used the guns his father purchased legally.
Once again, the argument comes down to one thing: gun control, Now granted, the weapons belonged to the boy’s father and were purchased through proper legal channels. However, that does not condone that murder of 10 innocent people.
As usual, the message from our government will be the same lip service: thoughts, prayers and empty promises.
How many kids will die before those in power actually do something about gun control? Or will it take a future shooting close to home for our government to actually do something that will once and for all and stop the killing of children who have just begun to live?