View Poll Results: Is it racist to ask immigrants to speak English?

Voters
145. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes

    12 8.28%
  • No

    112 77.24%
  • Other -- explain

    21 14.48%
Page 10 of 39 FirstFirst ... 8910111220 ... LastLast
Results 91 to 100 of 383

Thread: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

  1. #91
    Light△Bender

    grip's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    ☚ ☛
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 02:42 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    17,224
    Blog Entries
    2

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    It's not "nice," it's common sense. Immigrants need to learn things before becoming citizens of the country or they are just creating more poverty. THAT is realistic.
    I think common sense is nice to have.
    Einstein, "science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

  2. #92
    Guru

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last Seen
    11-24-13 @ 11:44 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    3,001

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    That's not true. It says right in the immigration laws that immigrants MUST be able to read, write and speak simple English with a FEW exceptions.
    Before cable/satellite TV, immigrants used to learn English by watching television shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC.

    Now cable/satellite TV comes with 4 or 5 Spanish speaking stations.

  3. #93
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last Seen
    07-16-14 @ 01:18 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    47,571

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Something else to think about is that jobs are NOT infinite. There are a limited number of jobs in this country, and we are a country of over 300,000,000 people! Yet, we keep inviting more and more people in. "Oh, sure, come on in." "Oh you came here illegal, that's okay, AMNESTY FOR ALL!" Good Lord! We're killing ourselves.

  4. #94
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last Seen
    07-16-14 @ 01:18 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    47,571

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_rebson View Post
    Before cable/satellite TV, immigrants used to learn English by watching television shows on ABC, CBS, and NBC.

    Now cable/satellite TV comes with 4 or 5 Spanish speaking stations.
    That's true. My uncle had a girlfriend from Yugoslavia, and she learned English by watching television. I don't know if she was an illegal immigrant or not because I was very young, but yeah, that's how she learned.

  5. #95
    Sage
    Boo Radley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    11-22-17 @ 04:22 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    36,858

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    NOT according to the law. Did you read my post above (#84) which states the law?
    Again, history and the law are not the same thing. I can take you to many such places across the country, with their history well documented. It's kind of the English only law in Iowa: it makes natives feel good, but has no actual effect.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

  6. #96
    Sage
    Fisher's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Last Seen
    12-06-13 @ 02:44 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Very Liberal
    Posts
    17,002

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Something else to think about is that jobs are NOT infinite. There are a limited number of jobs in this country, and we are a country of over 300,000,000 people! Yet, we keep inviting more and more people in. "Oh, sure, come on in." "Oh you came here illegal, that's okay, AMNESTY FOR ALL!" Good Lord! We're killing ourselves.
    I think of it more like a reset. Amnesty is not citizenship, it just makes it easier for you to seek legal status if we actually create more opportunities to be here legally and temporarily--maybe with some sort of seniority system for the Visa's. Send every illegal immigrant home, and citizens still aren't going to be willing to pluck chickens and pick cucumbers or pick up and move all around with the field work or construction jobs. It is just a cultural reality that we benefit greatly from the work they are performing.

  7. #97
    User LoopyPaladin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Earth.
    Last Seen
    07-13-13 @ 02:38 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Socialist
    Posts
    86

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monserrat View Post
    I don't know about asking them to speak it in certain places but I think it's sound advice to ask them to learn the language(s) of the country they immigrated to and are living in.
    By the certain places, I just meant in public when attempting to communicate with people who do speak English. Or at least to give the courtesy to not ****-talk people in their language because English-speaking people can't understand it. I see that one a lot in schools...
    I don't solve problems, I create them.

  8. #98
    User LoopyPaladin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Earth.
    Last Seen
    07-13-13 @ 02:38 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Socialist
    Posts
    86

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by 24107 View Post
    Pretty soon it will be racist to breath.
    Soon enough. Or against someone's religion.
    I don't solve problems, I create them.

  9. #99
    Sage
    jamesrage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    A place where common sense exists
    Last Seen
    12-10-17 @ 09:23 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Conservative
    Posts
    31,067

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by LoopyPaladin View Post
    I hear people talking about this subject all the time, and I'm just curious.

    Is it racist to ask immigrants to speak English (or whatever language the country they immigrated to speaks) when in public places?
    It is not racist.As a matter of fact it is perfectly reasonable to expect people who are going to permanently live in your country to speak your country's language.
    "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"

    Cicero Marcus Tullius

  10. #100
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Last Seen
    07-16-14 @ 01:18 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    47,571

    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Again, history and the law are not the same thing. I can take you to many such places across the country, with their history well documented. It's kind of the English only law in Iowa: it makes natives feel good, but has no actual effect.
    History is irrevelant here. I'm sure you know that our population has grown exponentially since the 1950s.

    http://aging.senate.gov/crs/aging4.pdf

    The U.S. population has experienced remarkable growth since 1950. From a base of about 152
    million Americans in 1950, an additional 155 million persons were added to the population
    between 1950 and 2009, with the number of additional women slightly outnumbering additional
    men (see Figure 1). This increase (of about 105%) in the size of the U.S. population was
    remarkable compared with other industrialized countries. Germany and Italy, for instance, grew
    by only 21% and 30% respectively during the same period.6 And, a number of countries, most
    notably in Eastern Europe, have recently experienced absolute reductions in the size of their
    populations.7

Page 10 of 39 FirstFirst ... 8910111220 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •