Richard Rocco Emma
Ghetto Fabulous by the Numbers
While reading, “My Friend Kelly, a Prostitute?” (September 20 cover story), I had to laugh when the author mentioned “ghetto fabulous” and stated that she had only seen that at Plaza Bonita.
Plaza Bonita? Really? And you live in inland North County? My dear, have you ever been to the North County Fair? Now, that place is the ghetto-fabulous dress headquarters of San Diego County!
In fact, after reading that article, my teenaged daughter (who never says no to shopping) and I went out on a two-day, weekend mall-excursion and did an informal survey of the number of ghetto-fabulously dressed young women we observed. This was based solely on my daughter’s opinion, since I am fashion-challenged when it comes to these things.
North County Fair - 38
Parkway Plaza - 22
Plaza Bonita - 21
Mission Valley Center - 15
UTC - 11
I would have liked to have done more “research,” but ran out of money. Maybe next year.
Sympathy for Aliens
I found the article “Deported” (October 11 cover story) to portray a very moving and visual perspective of the deportation process. As a non-U.S. citizen, I am able to sympathize with the issue. Although I am legally residing in the U.S. as a student, I find myself fearful of legal encounters as my rights are not equivalent with those of a U.S. national. Unlike the rights of a citizen, mine can be easily stripped.
For example, Frank differentiates his experience from that of a “white guy” who was incarcerated for the same crime. Additionally, Elizabeth depicts the horror and intimidation from INS agents in an extremely personal tone.
I appreciate the publicity that this article attained by being featured on the front cover. I hope that with awareness, more sympathy can be implemented in these situations and that laws will eventually be altered to favor undocumented immigrants with clean records.