To The Editor:
Re White Supremacist Mentality by Virginia Stack (3/20/11):
Like! Like! I would suggest, however, that the underlying disease might be more profound than this. It is called “colonial mentality” (sometimes “mental colony,” to be funny) which has unfortunately woven itself into the fabric of Pinoy culture. I think this is indeed a worthwhile topic for Filipinos to discuss with introspection, and perhaps come up with better understanding and appreciation of what a true Filipino is, or what a true Filipino should be. And to promote the use of Pinoy products and services, which can be more innovative than western ones. One obvious symptom of the disease is manifested in many Pinoys who worship Manila celebrities with pale skin, nose job, and blonde-dyed hair (regardless of their non-talent in acting or singing). It’s depressing to see Pinoys watch in awe as those celebrities brag about their latest trip to the U.S. or Europe, speaking in that obnoxious, quasi-language called “Tag-lish.” Real Pinoys can do better than that, and show the world a unique race that we can all be proud of.
Fil-Am environmental consultant geologist
New Jersey, USA