Saturday, March 2, 2019
Go Home To Your Own Country
It finally happened.
I was told to go back to my own country.
As a child I remember my grandfather, in particular, referring to the people from South East Asia as "new Australians". These were the same people that I rode the bus to school, played football, and lived in the military village with.
I never understood the opposition to them.
I never heard my father in law, who saw hand to hand combat in Viet Nam, speak harshly of them.
While making a delivery at a San Diego Hotel I was approached by the valet - who in hindsight, was policing the public street in front of his hotel. After being told to step away he uttered the phrase "Why don't you go back to your country."
Inside, immediately, neither of the two staff of the hotel on duty were able to assist, referring me to the Hotel Manager. An email within 90 minutes outlining the incident came back with an "out of office" and I would have to wait till Monday.
The manager eventually responded, touting the multicultural element of the hotel and their supposed extensive training, but failed to address my complaint. I asked her to review and get back to me.
A week has passed and not a peep from her. It's as though, the incident never occurred.
And further on we go.