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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    So we should adjust to them? I don't think its uncalled for to a call for people to adjust to the land they are moving too, but I do think its uncalled for to call for the people that live there already to adjust to people coming in.
    So do you think that the Europeans that were settling into Indian land should of "adjusted" to the land,learned to speak the language,assimilate into their culture, and that the Indians had every right to defend their land,their culture,their,way of life,by any means necessary?

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by stelz View Post
    My guess is it's because the Lakotas know what's right and they won't knuckle under.
    The same reason all those other things were done to them. It's been nonstop since the 1800's.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    It's funny because you're the one who made it about race.

    He was pointing to the irony in demanding respect for the "native" language in a country that was built upon disrespecting the actual native languages. It's a valid point considering that people are acting like it's "American" to assimilate, when our history tells another story.
    Please. Every time someone says they support making English an official language in America, someone says they just hate Mexicans. It's been racial for pretty much the whole debate.

    No, it isn't. We live in a different time, with a different culture, and everyone who perpetrated those things has been dead for a very long time. What happened hundreds of years ago is irrelevant to the situation now, and irrelevant to the discussion of what is the best course of action now.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Well...feel better now?
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by MistressNomad View Post
    Is this the new version "white guilt?" Now that people have caught on to that game in the race arena and even Chris Rock is calling people out for doing it, it's moved to the language arena instead?

    I wasn't here when European settlers did that. I had no control over that. That had nothing to do with me. And if someone wanted to take more land off the Native Americans and I could do something to prevent that I would.

    Sorry, this is just a really fallacious argument that has no bearing on reality.
    Let's say 20 years ago "Bob" and his friends invades my home,kills half my family,kicks me out to the cold,moves into the house,and 20 years later sells the house to you,with you knowing full well how he acquired that house.
    I knock on the next day and demand my house back.
    Are you going to give me my home back?

    Knock,knock,knock,I want my land back.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    It's funny because you're the one who made it about race.

    He was pointing to the irony in demanding respect for the "native" language in a country that was built upon disrespecting the actual native languages. It's a valid point considering that people are acting like it's "American" to assimilate, when our history tells another story.
    They weren't trying to be part of their society. Why would Americans assimilate into a society they didn't want to be part of? They wouldn't.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    I voted yes. It will make it to where government agencies no longer have to pay for translators or make forms in different languages (think of all the trees we could save! ) which in itself also saves money.

    Also I would imagine that it would help solve misunderstandings due to errors in translations and/or imagined insults.
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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verthaine View Post
    So do you think that the Europeans that were settling into Indian land should of "adjusted" to the land,learned to speak the language,assimilate into their culture, and that the Indians had every right to defend their land,their culture,their,way of life,by any means necessary?
    No I don't think the Europeans should of adjusted and assimilated into their culture. Do I think the Indians should of defended themselves, their land and their culture? Yes I do.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verthaine View Post
    Let's say 20 years ago "Bob" and his friends invades my home,kills half my family,kicks me out to the cold,moves into the house,and 20 years later sells the house to you,with you knowing full well how he acquired that house.
    I knock on the next day and demand my house back.
    Are you going to give me my home back?

    Knock,knock,knock,I want my land back.

    If you knowingly take possession of stolen goods, you are guilty of committing a crime.
    Except it's not anything like that at all. In this case, the thieves of that home died hundreds of years ago, and the owners of that home died hundreds of years ago. I don't know who it belonged to, nor can they ask for it back, since they're dead. Perhaps it didn't belong to anyone - Native American tribes didn't cover all of the land.

    In addition to that, it's not even the same home - it's an entirely different home, built by someone who lived long after this crime took place.

    If someone steals an iPod, takes it apart, makes a watch out of the parts, sells that on eBay, and I buy it, am I a thief? It's a more accurate metaphor.

    Backwards-facing conversations do not serve to help any of us in the present. And you say all this as someone living in a settled city - possibly on some former tribe's former land. Ironic.

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    Re: Should English be declared the official language of the United States?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verthaine View Post
    Let's say 20 years ago "Bob" and his friends invades my home,kills half my family,kicks me out to the cold,moves into the house,and 20 years later sells the house to you,with you knowing full well how he acquired that house.
    I knock on the next day and demand my house back.
    Are you going to give me my home back?

    Knock,knock,knock,I want my land back.

    If you knowingly take possession of stolen goods, you are guilty of committing a crime.
    Its OUR land. We won it with our blood. Plus it is not the fault of the US that Mexico is a **** hole. Italians are doing well with Italy.... and so on.
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