Once again, some legislators in Oklahoma will attempt to make English the “official” language of Oklahoma. I always thought the official language in Oklahoma was “redneck” but I may be mistaken. (That was a cheap shot…I could have easily used Texas, Arkansas, Alabama or many other states to throw under the bus).
What I don’t understand is the paranoia surrounding non-English speaking people. Why do you care what language others speak? No one raises hell when Bush assaults the language on a daily basis. (Google the “fool me once” speech and hang your head in embarrassment).
I can remember shopping at a grocery store in Miami and didn’t have a clue what everyone around me was saying. I rather enjoyed it. I had no interest in their conversations anyway and whenever it seemed they were speaking to me I would just smile and nod my head. Talk about a pressure free existence.
Besides, everyone already knows that the second generation of any culture almost always assimilates to the new culture. Young Hispanics, for instance, primarily speak English. In another generation, most Hispanic homes will be speaking English. Their native tongue will be lost in America. I really don’t see how this is such a great thing. It is the culturally diversity of our country that makes it interesting. Hell, it’s where we get a lot of our humor. We shouldn’t count on blond and gay jokes to carry the burden.
I remember when Ebonics was going to take over the United States. Of course that never happened because speaking Ebonics was a dead give away that you were educationally challenged. Who would want to buy into that stereotype? However, just short of Ebonics, we all are more than happy to speak slang, if it suits our needs. “Oh no you di-int!”, “Fo-shizzle”, and “Fu** you” are just a few of our favorite slang sayings. Why not ban them as well?
Let’s call a spade a spade. This is nothing more than a way to vent racist opinions without being honest enough to just say what you mean. Forget the language issue. Just say, “I wish the Mexicans, Cubans, Haitians, Polish, French, Gays, Blacks, Jews, etc. would go back to where they came from”. Well, the truth is, most have. (In fact, the gays never left). The majority of these groups are well past second generation and are not going anywhere. They are American. You may not like it, but that’s the way it is.
Now, if we could only find a way to get rid of those pesky Palins. My God, they keep multiplying like rabbits. Trigger, Trapper, Thumper, Topper, Tripper…they are all over the damn place. And although I am progressive, I refuse to learn that silly language.