posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:00 AM
Thanks guys, for all your comments. I was able to catch just a little bit of the debate on C-SPAN. I think they still haven't decided to make the
"Inhofe Amendment" mandatory as of yet.
I feel that it is misguided to make English our official language mainly because America is just too diverse a place to allow all government documents
and services to be done in English. To me it doesn't make any sense. And yes, whaaa, I do think that Inhofe's attempt at making this manditory is
racist--because it plays into the rampant nationalism that is happening right now. To me, it just puts another piece in the puzzle of fascism.
The reason why it doesn't make any sense is that if we do make everything English-centric--it will jeopardize voting, health care, education as well
as public policy in our nation. What if we have an epidemic and people--who are not very well versed in the English language--do not understand
what's going on without a translation?
Furthermore, language is a part of culture. If you take an ethnicity's language away, that is saying that their culture is not to be validated.
Language is probably the most expressive and fascinating things about culture. And without that, people would be more the same. It is like the
"seasoning" process of the slaves when they were brought over from Africa.
Slaves were forced--through corporal punishment, if not death--to give up their language, their customs and their religion. They were forced to take
on the customs, language and religion of their oppressors. And because of that, they were robbed of their identity.
And this is what I see here. This is an attempt to rob people of their identity.
People--whether they are newcomers or not--have already attempted to learn English on their own. Why should it be manditory?
And lastly, I think that in America, our education system does not actively encourage students to learn another language. If you wanted to speak
French or Spanish, you would have to do that on your own, for example. Not until college--if your major required it--were you supposed to take
another language. Overseas, most students--even in primary grades--learn different languages. It is only recently in some regions (like in magnet
schools in California) that foreign language has been more of a factor--and that's because it has to do with business (i.e., Chinese, Japanese,
[edit on 19-5-2006 by ceci2006]