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August 17, 2019

Air Force member called ‘distasteful for speaking Spanish in uniform

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Harm, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race — Scottie @ 09:50

In a Facebook post that has been shared more than 50,000 times, Mercado, an Air Force airman, describes how she was accosted by a woman at outside a Starbucks in Hawaii, where Mercado is stationed, on July 17 who took offense to her speaking Spanish during a private phone call.

“You speaking another language that does not represent America and that uniform you are wearing, that’s distasteful,” Mercado described the unidentified woman as saying.

She wrote that she responded to the woman by saying, “I’m sorry ma’am the only distasteful thing here is that you are clueless to your discrimination, please educate your self. Have a nice day “

“I don’t know how you are allowed to wear that uniform,” the woman said, according to Mercado’s post.

There was the time she was told to “speak American” by a patron in a restaurant, and there was another time when a police officer questioned the authenticity of her driver’s license because it was from Puerto Rico (the island is a U.S. territory and people born there are U.S. citizens).

Recently, Latinos in the United States have faced a heightened level of threats and discrimination. Nearly 40 percent of Latinos surveyed in the U.S. reported being called offensive names, told to go back to their home country, criticized for speaking Spanish in public, or treated unfairly because of their background, according to a 2018 report by the Pew Research Center.



  1. When I hear of events like this, I wish I was able to speak Spanish fluently. I would use it just for spite in certain environments. And if they tried to do what this woman did, I’d look her straight in the eye and inform her I was born, raised, and live in the United States. Of course, the fact that I’m “white” would most likely take away from the effectiveness of my actions since it’s only those bad, bad “brown” people that upset the bigots.

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    Comment by Nan — August 17, 2019 @ 11:28

    • Hello Nan. So true. Pete Buttigieg speaks 7 languages and I never hear anyone tell him to speak “American”. I have always regarded the ability to speak other languages a skill and I respect it. I think what really bothers these people about Spanish is they can not understand what is being said. They think that they have a right to over hear others private conversations. They are huge busy bodies. One person who did this complained he couldn’t tell if they were talking about him. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 17, 2019 @ 12:02

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