posted on Sep, 23 2005 @ 01:25 PM
I completely understand businesses wanting to increase their market by incorporating local languages--I'm not crazy about it, but it's a "necessary
evil." What bugs me is that it gets to the point to where even radio and television ads on primarily English stations are fully in Spanish at
times, or utility companies send out two copies of your bill, one in English, one in whatever the local language is. Like I said above, when I was in
school in southern CA, every time there was an announcement from the school it got sent home in several different languages: English, Spanish,
Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Korean that I can think of right now.
If I moved to Germany, why should I expect the Germans to change their culture to suit me? If they send all their mailings out in German, then it's
up to me to learn the language, not up to them to send me duplicate copies in English. If I don't want to learn German, then that's my laziness,
and I can just as easily move somewhere else.
The places I've lived don't look at it the same way though. Most of the people in those communities feel it's their duty to accomodate illegal
immigrants, even to the point where legal or native born citizens are considered second class.
In El Paso, TX, where I spent most of my teenage and adult life, if you're an illegal immigrant then at worst you get a slap on the wrist and sent
back across the border so you can do it again. Most of the time the community looks the other way, because you're cheap labor. However, God forbid
you should be a native citizen smoking in a bar, gambling in public, or committing any similar crimes against humanity.
I understand the people want to come to the US to get a good job, make a living and get a better life, but that doesn't mean that we have to make it
any easier for them than for everybody else.