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Anti-Filipino Hate Mail in California Goes Viral

(UDATE at the bottom part of this blog entry)

During these times when everyone wants to be in America to be part of the upcoming Academy Awards, one would reassess his plan of entering the once dream country of most people in third world nations.

This week, a hate mail against the Filipino community in American Canyon, California has gone viral on the internet. The Facebook picture uploaded by Derek Valencia, a Filipino living there, shows a letter describing our kind “filthy”.

The racist letter is actually addressed to Maria Aida Ignacio Brandes and claims to be from the concerned neighborhood. The letter has a California Department of Consumer Affairs Board of Barbering and Cosmetology header. Well, anyone can use any office's header.

This part of the letter is really disgusting, totally validating the letter to be racist.

“We are attempting to have our community a law abiding one, without having yet another gang of Filipino scum such as yourself and married daughters who have attempted to assimilate into this once clean non-Filipino dominated area in American Canyon (Napa Junction) which includes those of your female offspring who have aligned themselves with CAUCASION husbands to assist in ensuring their half-breed children have "straight noses" in order to be accepted in non-Filipino society.”

According to the California police, it was like a mass snail mail since it was not only Valencia who received the hate mail. The photo is now being circulated on the internet, drawing outrage from Filipinos worldwide.

Before Huffington Post reported about this story, Angry Asian Man’s Phil Yu first wrote a blog entry about this. He wrote on his blog:

“Obviously, this is bullshit. Who the hell goes out of their way to compose hateful trash like this? Typos and all. What is the point? I don't exactly know who received this letter, but it's obviously intended to hurt and intimidate. Is this not a hate crime? That's racist!"

Clearly, the letter exhibits how unwanted some Filipinos are. We do not know the real story behind this. However, the act of writing a letter addressed to someone but actually reproduced for other people sharing the same race with the specified recipient is totally unacceptable.

The letter raised awareness that Caucasians are also aware that some of our desperate kababayans marry Caucasians just to be accepted in their land. That is totally true. Some get married to Americans because they wanted the magic of “green card”. Others just wanted to have “meztiso” kids who are instantly “magaganda and ang ga-guwapo” in the eyes of 100%-blooded Filipinos. That is the truth execrated from the hate mail letter.

UPDATE: A police investigation has started to look into this hate mail issue. California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology spokesman Russ Heimerich told ABC7 News that the “letter is both disgusting and despicable”. He said that “none of the information in the letter regarding the licensees is accurate, making it nothing more than a repulsive work of fiction”.

After the issue started haunting the metro, California City Council staff members marched with signs saying “We (heart) everyone in American Canyon”.

Moreover, American Canyon City Manager told local news that the letter did not reflect the values of the greater American community. “We have always valued our Filipino, as well as all the races here, and it’s just not part of this community’s core values”.

Christian is a Marketing Communications practitioner in Quezon City. He is an Igorot from Sagada, Mountain Province. To get in touch with him, please shoot an email to christianaligonow@gmail.com.


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