Afterwards, I shared my opinion of her and our conversation with a few close friends.
I didn't trust her. I thought she was a very unhappy person and I felt that she was trying to get me to say something that she could use as ammo for her crusade. I gave her the benefit of the doubt, though, and chose not to write about it on this blog.
Turns out I was right. She just started a diary on Dailykos and finished with:
This trip to the CNMI I met with a young Chamorro man in Saipan. He told me nonchalantly that to him “the guest workers are invisible.” I believe that some things cannot be seen just with eyes; they require a heart to be fully realized.Up yours, Wendy.
Honestly. Nonchalantly? You completely took what I told you out of context. I was explaining to you that the average person in the Marianas does not see the abuses. I believe I was using myself as an example.
I live alone, so I don't have a maid. I don't own land, so I don't have a farmer. With the exception of one friend's girlfriend, I've never talked to someone who works at a garment factory. I don't have regular contact with the victims of abuse. I don't see them at bars and they don't play coed soccer. I have many friends (like my girlfriend!) who are contract worker professionals, but those are not people affected by minimum wage issues, labor abuses, and so on.
I don't see the abuses. Ever. As far as I am concerned, they are invisible and happen in places that I don't frequent. Most of the people my age and income level probably feel the same way.
That doesn't mean we have no heart. That just means we have no idea that it is going on. These people are invisible. They have no power. They have no access to media. That is one reason it has been able to continue for so long. This is a fact of life, not the agenda of some foreigner hating ignorant Chamorro.
You presented me as such. You know that is not true. I went to the best public high school in the very county in Florida in which you teach. I told you that I was raised by a single American mother. I told you that I have lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, England, and Japan, yet you presented me as some ignorant, heartless island wahoo.
Again, up yours. And lest you misunderstand me, up yours.
You have lost all credibility in my eyes.
Looks like Dengre has taken me off of his blogroll over this.
Wendy is blatantly trying to paint Chamorros as heartless uncaring monsters who turn a blind eye to human rights abuses. Do I not do enough out here to make these islands a better place? Do I have to take on every single crusade by every single liberal living in the Mainland in order to be considered human?
The sad thing about this is that I support what Wendy and Dennis are trying to do. I would love to see the Marianas clean up their act, but they insist on insulting the people that live out here...even the ones that could be their best allies!
(takes a deep breath)
Alright, even though Wendy is a self-serving untrustworthy propagandist, I'll post this video of the candle light vigil held tonight:
I was driving home from tonight's COED Soccer game (we lost 4-2, dang it) and saw a parade of people walking along Beach Road. I followed the line of people and found them assembling in front of the Club Elan entrance to the Hyatt.
I assume David Cohen and the other important people are staying there.
I'd estimate that there were about 1,500 people there. I think that is the biggest Federalization related protest so far.
I saw the driver of this car littering today:
If you know the driver of this car, please share this link with them.
Tomorrow afternoon at 1 PM I am going to be on Radio Australia talking about the Micronesia Challenge. I think I'm going to be on the In the Loop program, but I'm not sure. I just know that they are going to call me around 1 PM. I am actually going to be on at 1:30. I think you can listen HERE.