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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

This Gold Will Irk the Xenophobes

You know, those who demonize the immigrants.

Henry Cejudo won the gold medal in 121# wrestling.

Photo from Outsports Daily Dozen

Henry is of Mexican descent, born to undocumented immigrants who entered the country well before he was born in Los Angeles.

Of course Henry is a U. S. citizen. He was raised in poverty and bypassed college to concentrate on the Olympics. His mother raised 6 kids on low paying jobs, and at times the family slept 4 to a bed.

"This is cool. Coming out of a Mexican American background, it feels good to represent the U.S.," Cejudo told the L. A. Times. "Not too many Mexicans get the chance to do that."

"He has done an unbelievable job coming from the environment that he came from," his coach, Terry Brands, said. "Could be in prison. Could be a drug runner. Could be this, could be that. He's done an unbelievable job of not being a victim."
Yet here he is, gold medal winner.
Congratulations to Henry Cejudo, the latest American Dream-maker.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

AND, now maybe, just maybe, a few of those anti-immigration fanatics will finally get what Julia Sugarbaker(Dixie Carter) always prayed for. "I pray that the cynics get good sense; and those that do, will one day seek public office." But, I DOUBT it; since it seems that everyone has forgotten that unless you happen to be a Native American, we are ALL descended from immigrants. Otherwise, we just need to tear down the Statue of Liberty.