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"Americanization" was a favorite theme of Roosevelt's during his later years, when he railed repeatedly against "hyphenated Americans" and the prospect of a nation "brought to ruins" by a "tangle of squabbling nationalities."
He advocated the compulsory learning of English by every naturalized citizen. "Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country," he said in a statement to the Kansas City Star in 1918. "English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools."
He also insisted, on more than one occasion, that America has no room for what he called "fifty-fifty allegiance." In a speech made in 1917 he said, "It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native-born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us."
Theodore Roosevelt on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN: "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
Originally posted by Druidae
Mexico's independence day is Sep. 16th, not may 5th. They are celebrating a victory over the french army in a skirmish. This holiday isnt even celebrated in most of mexico.
Anyhow, i would really like to see Mr. Rodriguez fired right out the door of that school.
Originally posted by jmotley
reply to post by Violater1
The sad thing is that nothing is going to happen. There will be many protest from the hispanic community because they feel as though they have been offended. They will raise hell to make sure nothing happens to the principle other then a verbal slap on the wrist. If anyone does come to side of the kids that wore the shirts they will be labled as racist. It would be careear sucide for any poltician to take the side of those suspended. Its already trying to be twisted to this whole racist thing. I watched on the news and one of the students said it was very offenceive for these students to wear the american flag on cinco de mayo, and that she would never think to wear the mexican flag on july 4th. ughhhhh let me stop here before i go into a full blown rant.