It's always interesting to see which posts I receive comments on months after I've written them. Usually they are in response to my more political posts, especially those that involve race. Many times the comments are huffy puffy messages about my ignorance and "unprofessionalism." I looooove these fascinating comments and am always disappointed when I write the author and hear no response. So much for engaging in intellectual debate!
This morning I received an email in response to my post on the Ecuadorian fast food chain, Menestras del Negro. In my post
Whomever posted this message obviously does not understand (like many Americans) the simple meaning of the word "negro". I suggest you look it up in the dictionary and you will find that it actually means black (not an insult, right?). Furthermore, if you must know, the name of the restaurant "menestras" means "beans meal". "Del negro" is a nickname that was amusingly given to my dark toned brother by friends and family. He also happens to be a friendly, upstanding and respected person in Ecuador! He came out with a recipe of his own and named the restaurant after the main dish and himself. Hence, if he sees this posted he would laugh at it... Do you get it now??? I believe you said that you live in Ecuador, correct? Well, if you do, you must realize that we are a culture without complexes and hang ups, we have more important things to think about than to make a big deal about a nickname and a logo. Who cares?????? I just can believe that there are people in this world that are so concerned about the most ridiculous things! F.Y.I... this chain is nationwide and it has been since my brother was just 23 years old... (he is now 30) maybe you should consider this and perhaps concentrate more on accomplishing your goals. Forget about racist talk, and try to understand that giving this subject so much attention and commentary merely contributes to the problems. Instead, take my brothers example of a groundbreaking entrepreneur who generated and provides fair employment opportunity for hundreds of people, who happen to be in much need of it. He is the perfect example that success and ethics can coexist, and he is the most humble and lovable "negro" in Ecuador! If you ask anybody either black or white, green or blue, about him, they would all agree with me. Sincerely, "la nena" (also my nickname) and proud little sister of "el negro". Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador!!!!!
Does anyone else ever get comments like this? Do you bother responding or just ignore them?
It was interesting for me to learn more about the history of this chain (Do you think it's true?) and I am very impressed with Nena's English skills. I also understand why she might take offense to an American critiquing a large Ecuadorian establishment. I did notice, however, that she didn't include an explanation for the logo which is what the original post is about. Surely, it isn't a drawing of her brother?