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

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    There are many who want it stopped. It's those who are always afraid of offending who stand in the way of making any kind of meaningful progress.
    Not anyone in power to speak of. They know better. But it is useful for them to work up the people. History is also full of that as well. But, I bet you, a decade from now, nothing will have changed.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Not anyone in power to speak of. They know better. But it is useful for them to work up the people. History is also full of that as well. But, I bet you, a decade from now, nothing will have changed.
    Ooooo, they know better huh? Too funny. The fact is that our population is much bigger than it ever was before, and if we keep going down the path we're going down, it will soon be unsustainable. Maybe you're satisfied with the status quo, but I am not.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I hear you on that.
    I hate to be the rude and obvious American that butchers another country's language.

    I've got a some what crappy working knowledge of most of the prime European languages.
    It's just that I almost never get to practice it, so it sucks.
    What makes speaking a language poorly rude?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Once on the travel channel some show gave the tip that all you need to do is try to speak the native language and all is forgiven. You can mess up completely but if people see that you're trying they won't hate on you for it.
    I have found this to be true everywhere but France.

    Spanish speakers seemed to regard my struggles to remember the rudimentary Spanish I learned decades ago as the highest complement I could pay them.

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

    If you want to emigrate to a country, the first thing you should do is learn the language before you get there. if not, you don't belong there and don't deserve to be there.

    In public, whether you talk the an immigrant friend or mutter to yourself, you can speak in any language you want. From gibberish to arab to chinesse to french. It doesn't matter. But when interacting with the public and when engaging in social activities in society, you better speak the language of that country.

    Unless you're a tourist. Tourists usually have programs for people who don't speak the language.

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

    This is going to flip the anti hypenateds out totally.

    English is the language of this country. So in order to function here anyone who lives here permanently should learn English. But what you do or speak at home or in your community is your affair. Ein Gutes Idea
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Ooooo, they know better huh? Too funny. The fact is that our population is much bigger than it ever was before, and if we keep going down the path we're going down, it will soon be unsustainable. Maybe you're satisfied with the status quo, but I am not.
    You're missing the point. It doesn't matter whether you or I are satisfied, power wants the low wage unskilled worker, the ones most worrisome. The skilled and more capable immigrants more than hold their own here. Neither is hindered at all due to language.

    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.

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

    Even if you think immigrants shouldn't be made to learn English, it's not racist to think they should. Because racist doesn't mean that. Xenophobic maybe?
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman24 View Post
    This is going to flip the anti hypenateds out totally.

    English is the language of this country. So in order to function here anyone who lives here permanently should learn English. But what you do or speak at home or in your community is your affair. Ein Gutes Idea
    English is only the most commonly spoken language in the United States. We don't have a national language.

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

    If I go to a foreign country to visit, I best be able to ask for a glass of water without insulting someone's mother.
    If I go to a foreign country to live and work, I best be able to speak the language, at least the basics.

    I expect no less of people coming to America.....
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