posted at 9/29/2010 8:31 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Spanish
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Spanish : most nationalities from Irish to Chinese have been discriminated against in this country. we need to move past the thinking of "he ain't like me" bigotry.
Posted by harleyroadking[/QUOTE
I absolutely agree.
Now the Irish already spoke English and the Chinese learned English, as well as the Poles, the Russians, the Vietnamese, the Koreans, the Japanese, the Italians, the Greeks, etc. etc. etc.
Having a common language -- ONE language -- is a very positive unifying factor for a nation. What is discriminatory about having ONE national language? Is not bending over backwards to accommodate their lack of interest in learning the language of the country that THEY decided to move to in any way discriminatory? Since when is treating everyone the same discriminatory?
I say treat everyone with the same respect. However, they came here so let them learn OUR language rather than burdening us with a requirement to accommodate everything in their language.
BTW, those accommodations aren't cheap. Look at the extra cost involved in having bilingual classes. Look at the extra cost in preparing legal documents in more than one language (and making sure that the inflections of the words transmit the same message). But cost is not my main concern, though it is a concern. My main concern is that we lose the unifying aspect of being able to go anywhere in this country and not have a language problem because English is everywhere.
I joke about this, but there is truth to it. When I had to leave Massachusetts (the depression of 2001 and on), I took a job in North Miami Beach. I moved to Ft. Lauderdale. When I moved to central Florida three years later, I joked about moving back to the United States. In the Miami area English is effectively a second language to Spanish. Everyone fully understands that joke.
Note: My objection is not the the people nor to their cultures. My objection is their insistence that we accommodate them by using their language rather than requiring those immigrants to learn OUR language.