Every year I see protesters at the Filipino Independence Day Parade in New York holding giant signs saying Stop Trafficking Our People. They are the largest, the loudest and most obnoxious group wearing communist red shirts and holding up flags of the Anakbayan and others. They are giving the impression that Americans are the culprit.
As you may know Anakbayan is a popular Filipino Communist organization with a huge fan base in the USA among mostly young Filipinos. They are known for their Anti-American and anti-Imperialist stand, basically blaming the USA for the ongoing legacy of colonialism in the Philippines.
I’m from a former Communist Country, I’m from Eastern Europe and my family was the victim of communist persecution, my grandfather was killed and our land was confiscated, we were called (labeled) as Kulaks.
I was curious about these young commies. I was shocked and astonished to see them the first time on such prestigious holiday. It just looked surrealistic to me and I felt I had to confront them, so I did. I walked to them and I said to them: You don’t really believe that Americans are trafficking your people? You must realize that is your own Fellow Filipinos who do that. They started booing me and yelled back at me that Americans and Filipinos both trafficking Filipinos. I said to them they should worry about China grabbing islands and marine territory away from the Philippines instead on being fixated on the USA. They said “We don’t have a quarrel with China”. Then I noticed I was surrounded by 2 young Filipinos who started pushing me away. I said to them look I’m from a former communist country and my family suffered from Communist and you are making a mistake of embracing such an evil ideology.
All of the sudden 5 or more Filipinos grabbed me and pushed me further ways from them while loudly cursing at me. I just gave up and waked away. Shortly after that I was able to talk to the person who is responsible for the parade, one of the top guy on the Philippine Independence Day Council. I happened to know him personally so I had hopes. I told him what happened and asked him why such hate group is allowed since this is a prestigious holiday and this is the USA. He just smiled at me and did not say anything. He changed the topic and started to talk to some other Filipino guy next to him.
I was deeply disappointed on that day. My wife explained to me that many Filipinos passively sympathize with the protesters, they believe there is still a legacy of exploitation/colonialism inducing trafficking going on. That’s why no one challenges them and they are invited to participate in the parade. They don’t care about facts; they already had been indoctrinated. They don’t really understand communism either they just blame whites/imperialist for everything. She thinks there is not much of a difference between many American blacks and Filipinos in that sense.
She also added that many Filipinos only like America but without the Americans. They like American product and money but if given a chance they would love to have the country only for themselves.
I learned a great deal about Filipinos on that day! That’s when I lost respect for (most) Filipinos.Published in