“It’s sad that we have to have a Hispanic Heritage Month or an African-American Heritage Month or an Asian-American Heritage Month or an Indigenous Day,” said the 63-year-old actor, who in his talk hearkened back to his breakout role as “El Pachuco” in the 1978 play and movie “Zoot Suit.” “That hurts because we should be to a point now that we’re celebrating the true diversity of who and what we are.”
... Olmos challenged those listening to rethink who they are.
“I told you it was going to be original,” Olmos said at one point, smiling over toward base commander Capt. James McHugh.
Olmos took his own heritage as an example. The son of a Mexican immigrant and a Mexican-American, Olmos said he didn’t understand what that meant until he was into his 30s.
“I do know who I am,” he said. “I come from the corner of First and Indiana, in Boyle Heights. Orale! Born and raised in East L.A. Orale!”
But “a Mexican is someone who is split right down the middle. And I mean right down the middle. Half indigenous and half European.”
In the early 1980s, while working on a film in New York, he met a man in a cafe who told him that his family name, Olmos, was actually Hungarian and meant “he who works with lead.”
Olmos learned that his ancestors hundreds of years ago fled from what is now Hungary to Spain before coming to the New World almost 400 years ago.
His heritage is both European and indigenous, but Olmos went further. He said the indigenous people of Central America originally came across the land bridge from Asia and that those people came from Africa.
“We’ve been taught for 600 years that there is a Caucasian race, an African race, an Asian race and Latino race, and we wonder why we’re in such a mess,” he said. “There is only one race.”
Then he turned to the crowd.You know what that response was tepid? I'll tell you - because if you voice that opinion to the Diversity Bullies or the CNO, they will label you as part of the problem and not the solution.
“And what is it?”
Their response was muted at first but came on loud and clear the second time he asked.
“The human race.”
That is an opinion - equality to all in front of God and man - that will get you in trouble in today's Navy diktat on race.
That is sad - but that is what it is. Good news? In time, those who believe in equality will win and history will look back at today's policy as the sad, retrograde backwash from the fetid swamp of grievance-fed academia that it is.