Soledad en masa

Sometimes I don’t know what’s wrong with America

with 4 comments

In my eyes, it’s one thing to be against having people come into the U.S. without papers, it’s another thing to ask for people to learn English, and it’s a completely different thing to speak out against a language and those who speak it because of your own prejudices.

Read this article. I’m not even going to discuss it in my blog. I will discuss it in the comments, though.


Written by soledadenmasa

March 6, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Posted in College, Politics

4 Responses

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  1. Maybe she needs to take more history classes so she can learn that those European immigrants who supposedly learned English fresh off the boat kept their language for a couple of generations and even had their own schools.


    March 7, 2008 at 6:53 pm

  2. She rebuts her own argument when she first writes,

    No, I’m not saying give up your native language. No, I’m not telling you to forget your heritage. I still uphold Polish and Hungarian values and traditions. I’m saying that if immigrants expect to be accepted into the American culture and way of life, then they must learn English. The United States government has made it far too easy for immigrants not to.

    Followed by,

    People immigrate to America looking for better opportunities and a new life. The language barrier hurts those opportunities and causes racial turmoil, like the protests that took place last year in the Capitol. The language difference also hurts the employer-employee relationship, the student-teacher relationship and the citizen-immigrant relationship. This makes it harder for immigrants to find a job, be accepted into the work place, gain educational achievements, and find true success within the United States.

    In other words, with the costs of not knowing english so high, wouldn’t it be odd for people to not want to learn english? Of course it would, and of course nobody does this. Every immigrant I know – and I know alot – has a strong desire to learn english. They just find it too difficult (either because of difficulty, cost, time or combination of) to do so.

    To put it a different way, since immigrants in the United States already have huge incentives to learn english – higher wages, better jobs, more advancement, cultural harmony – anyone who cannot speak english must find it very difficult to do so.

    And such is the case. Those immigrants who typically don’t speak english tend to be older and recent arrivals. As any linguist will tell you, it is precisely older people that have the hardest time learning a new language. On the other hand, their children and the younger immigrants are the ones most likely to speak english fluently.

    Take Chicanos, one of the most anti-assimilation Mexican groups out there, as an example. You don’t see many of them speaking only spanish — quite the contrary, you see more who don’t know how to speak spanish than those that don’t know how to speak english.

    Same with immigration in general. Those that can do and those that can’t, their kids will. It’s the way it was with immigrants yesterday and its the way it is with immigrants today (Chicano Studies majors notwithstanding).

    Sorry for the rant but stuff like this really frustrates me.


    March 10, 2008 at 11:51 pm

  3. She needs to crack the whip on her Polish friends in Chicago- damn near every business I know shamelessly proclaims “MOWIMY PU POLSKU” – their version of Se Habla Espanol.


    March 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

  4. I hate white people sometimes but then again I hate my own people sometimes (i’m talking to you cholitos). BTW that white girl is racist, send her back to her eastern european country I don’t like their food anyway.


    March 25, 2008 at 1:52 pm

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