October 3, 2012 by bramirezgalaviz1
As soon as the video was over, I decided to view the video again to see if Ann Coulter really meant to say what she did. Once more, I heard the most insulting comment, out of the many, she had said, which was “Civil rights are for blacks.” Furthermore, I decided to view the whole interview to get a sense of how they managed to engage into this topic. My initial reaction to the video was of insult. Is she truly aware of the definition of the word civil rights? I acknowledge that this word was used in the Civil Rights Movement, but it does not only pertain to African Americans. The word itself, civil rights, is defined as the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. African Americans are not the only ones with these rights; everyone in the country has these rights. I was insulted when they asked her, “Immigrant rights are not civil rights?” and she answered “Civil rights are for blacks.” Which leads me to think, is she wanting to say that African Americans are the only ones with the rights to equality in this country because we “owe” them something. No, I strongly believe that everyone in this country has these rights to equality and freedom.
Civil rights are the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. More in depth, civil rights are the foundation of this country. These rights grant every person the right to freedom and equality. Even if, to this day, there is still racism, every person has the right to be treated equally, no matter what color you are or where you come from. Nowhere does it say that civil rights only pertain to African Americans. Civil rights are for every race, ethnicity, sex, age, and sexual preference. Above all, civil rights are the basis of this country. Furthermore, one of the main reasons why many people immigrate to this country is to have that freedom that may not have been possible in their native country or that equality that defines the United States. The United States is composed of many people that have wisely used their civil rights to become someone in this life.
In my opinion, the legacy of immigration in this country is of hard working. Immigrants come to this country with big aspirations to become someone in life and to grant that possibility to their families. We as immigrants, dedicate ourselves to work hard today to strive high tomorrow. We wish to prosper for the well-being of ourselves, but most of all, for the well-being of our families. Hispanics are “the largest and fastest growing segment of the electorate.” Why not take advantage of this, and unite to make a difference. Let us feel proud of the legacy of immigration in this country by demonstrating our hard work through our unity and our morals and values. Ann Coulter, look around, this country was built by immigrants and to this day, still is being worked by immigrants.