I am writing in response to the article by Richard Rodriguez (Editorial Pages, May 20), "Hispanics, in Changing, Change America." I am a third-generation Mexican-American, or Hispanic, if you like. A product of assimilation inherited by my parents, the only thing that identifies me as a Mexican is my outward appearance.
Like Rodriguez, my ancestors migrated to America long ago. Ever since then, from generation to generation, our family has conformed to the mold of a typical middle-class Mexican-American family. Sometimes it is hard to accept the fact that in reality I am no longer a true Mexican. I don't even speak the language. Yet, my heart envies those who remain less assimilated. These people, while able to co-exist in American society, have the ability of retaining their culture and identity. There should be no shame in being Mexican. It is who we are and we should be proud of our cultural heritage. If we let go of the past, how can we make a difference for future generations of Mexican-Americans?
TONY A. HARO