Originally posted by DaddyBare
No my parents were not Immigrants... the simple fact is I am Jicarilla Apache a Native American...
the word jicarilla comes from Mexican Spanish meaning "little basket." my people are noted for our basket making skills...At home we speak a
broken mix of English Apache and Spanish with a little Zuni and Dine thrown in... the result of where we live in the world and how our close
I remember being in grade school, not that very long ago, the early 60's... I remember in second grade I sat between my two friends another Red Skin
and a Mexican girl... we three only spoke broken English so when a concept or idea was lost due to this language gap we would whisper to each other,
usually in Spanish and between the three of us might figure out 80% of each lesson... that is unless the the teacher caught us speaking anything other
than proper English... I too remember the three of us having to hold the top edge of the desk to have our knuckles soundly rapped with her wooden yard
stick... this happened quite often in my case... I remember once she asked me a direct question... I knew the answer just not how to say it in
English... So I spoke up loud and proud in my own Native tongue... My teacher thought I called her a bad name... I was ushered off to the
principal's office where despite my objections and innocence... was soundly paddled on my backside.... that single lesson taught me one single
thing... never to open my mouth in class again....
On paper my grades were good, not great but okay....Many of my future teachers thought I might be a bit slow because I never did a class presentation
or spoke up... never volunteered... but there were other's like me who gathered and whispered away from everyone else...It wasn't until; I reached
High School that I was allowed a little expression... I took Spanish classes... of course I excelled ... but it wasn't until college I was allowed to
speak my own tongue..... that only because a few grad students were recording various tribal languages to preserve them....
I a Native born American, never knew more than a few words of English until I went to school... My own Language was beaten out of me, punished because
I did not inherently understand English words...
thank god times have changed because there are still places in the States where hardly a word of true English is spoken... Not just the Natives but
you hear German up in the far north of this country Cajun down south and out west they still speak a dialect of Castillo brought here by the early
Spanish explores... No not everyone in the states speaks English and I'm glad... otherwise we'll all be cookie cutter copies of each other, then
where would be the fun in learning something truly new and wonderful about each other
edit on 18-6-2011 by DaddyBare because: (no reason
While I will agree what they did to you was horrible... I dislike the fact that not all people living in America speak English.
Why? Because English has become the native language here, like it or not. If there were a plethora of languages spoken by the mass of people, there
would be so much confusion and misscommunication, that I believe it's crucial we should all speak the same language.
A different language does not some how make you more unique, for there are other who know the language as well, so I don't buy that bridge at all. A
different language allows you to covertly talk about things in front of others, as well as simply not understanding the native language completely.
I actually had this occur which actually stipulated a violent scene. I was about to give a stage performance with my band which we were booked and
told we'd be paid after the show. They put us off and off and off. So I said to the owner of the club, "Either you put us on now, or we'll burn
this place from our venue list."
The owner's native language was spanish. All he heard was "Burn" and "Venue" and assumed I meant burn his club to the ground. This couldn't
have been further from the truth. He then sicked security on us with violence, in which case I defended myself, then explained to the security what
The security's response was "You should have chosen different words, he doesn't speak good english, so you are wrong."
This is a CLEAR cut example of misscommunication that stemmed from a man who comes from a spanish speaking country, who lived here for years and
stands by his right to NOT learn english.
In case you are wondering who this guy is... It's Dwayne Williams A.K.A. "Suga" from Suga 104.5 in Ft. Myers FL. He owns the radio station.
So... yeah, having everyone not capable of speaking the same language is a disservice to cummunity, all it does is breed segregation. ******I am not
saying you should be force to forget any other languages, I am saying if you choose to live in a place with a Majority language, or you happen to live
there not by choice... it should be your responsibility to learn that majority language.