I am concerned that these ideas are being promoted and published today. After reading this article, I shared it with some faculty members and they have all been offended by it. “This is disgusting! You could easily substitute ‘Hispanic worker’ for ‘slave’ and potentially have a plagiarized article from before the civil war” was the response of one faculty member after reading the article. I am sure that the intention of Dairy Herd Management was to improve understanding of the cultural differences among those contributing to our dairy industry. But lack of research and little consideration to the usage of language in the discussion of this sensitive subject will only perpetuate racist attitudes and widen the gap between Hispanics and U.S. born individuals in our industry and communities.
I believe that an apology is in order and I urge you to consider collaborating with others who are competent in the area of multicultural communication and human resource management and who can provide different suggestions to improve the interactions of the cultural groups working together to sustain our dairy industry.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments that you may have. I welcome more discussion and am willing to collaborate in future articles and other educational opportunities.
I. Noa Roman-Muniz, DVM, MS
Assistant Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist
Department of Animal Sciences
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.