Lou Holtz Goes Off On Immigrants, Their Holidays & Their Soccer Teams
In case you don't know, Lou Holtz is a miserable, croaky-voiced old man who's best known for his time as an overrated college football coach for one of the most despised programs in the country. That might sound like it has a tinge of bias to it, but Holtz himself is no stranger to sweeping, generalized statements about massive groups of people.
So let's just say that I feel zero remorse about reducing him to his lowest common denominator.
The politically active 79-year-old is an enthusiastic endorser of Donald Trump for President, and has made his presence known at the Republican National Convention since it kicked off on Monday. First he caused a stir when he arrived to the festivities with a bottle of Crown Royal in his hand, complete with the signature purple, velvet bag.
That was a baller move that I respect. I'm a huge fan of sneaking my own alcohol into such functions. Those cash bars are a total racket, am I right?
Unfortunately, that's where the respect abruptly ends.
On Tuesday afternoon, Holtz spoke at the Republican National Coalition for Life, and made some incredibly inflammatory and derogatory remarks about immigrants in the United States. According to Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast, Holtz said the high number of immigrants coming to the U.S. constitutes an "invasion."
That drastic statement actually seems reasonable in comparison to the rest of the garbage he went on to spew. Holtz added that he believes new immigrants need to assimilate better, noting that his grandparents learned English after immigrating to the U.S. from Ukraine and then insisted his family learn it as well. As he put it: immigrants have to learn and speak English and “become us.”
“I don’t want to become you,” he continued. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!”
What in the actual shit is this guy talking about? I can almost guarantee, with absolute zero knowledge of the inner workings of his daily life, that Lou Holtz has never been forced to celebrate an immigrant's holiday or cheer for their soccer team. In fact, it's very unlikely that he's ever even been personally inconvenienced by someone else's holiday or sports team.
He's railing against the mere fact that those are things that come in peripheral contact with him, which is pathetic. Oh, it's also super xenophobic. Nevertheless, Woodruff notes in her piece that the crowd laughed and applauded in response. How lovely.
Hold your horses though. There are more unnecessarily divisive comments where those came from!
“A lot of people make a living by the way they vote,” Holtz said. “Forty-seven percent of people make a living by the way they vote.”
At the end of the day, there seems to be a belief that this country is flooded with immigrants looking to take advantage of hardworking Americans while inflicting their culture on us and therefore stripping us of our American identity. And the reason that this belief exists is because of the rhetoric spouted by people like Trump and Holtz; because that just simply isn't true.
Are there people like that in this country? Sure. I haven't met any of them, but a few probably exist. Still, I have lived in two major cities on opposite coasts for the majority of my adulthood. Most of the immigrants that have come into my life or have crossed my path have been lovely, hardworking people that are just doing the best they can for their families. To reduce them to the stereotypes that Holtz has is to spit on the very foundation of the Untied States of America.
My suggestion to Holtz is that he move his saggy ass to the Ukraine if he's so scared of the racial and social assimilation of our great nation; because it's happening whether he likes it or not.
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