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

    Quote Originally Posted by Saykine View Post
    It depends on the context; if it's for casual or academic use then they're free to speak their own language, the Chinese can speak Chinese and the Gypsies can speak their language (Romanian, Irish Gaelic?) but on official documents the national language is used. This isn't a pro-English thing, I'd expect any country to support their national language not just anglophone ones.

    It would be racist and backwards if speaking other languages was banned, but that's not what we're talking about (or at least, it's not what I'm talking about..)
    gypsies have their own native language which has its roots in asia, india to be precise.

    Romanian is the native language of Romanians which has its roots in latin.

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

    It's not racist because there's nothing racial about language. It's just regular old ignorance, rather than racially motivated ignorance.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    gypsies have their own native language which has its roots in asia, india to be precise.

    Romanian is the native language of Romanians which has its roots in latin.
    Ah, I assumed it to be either Irish Gaelic or Romanian because of the similar sounding name, the fact that the French govenment talked to the Romanian government over the Roma in France, and because Gypsies/travelers in Britain have a semi-Irish accent, with alot of family in Ireland.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Saykine View Post
    ... and because Gypsies/travelers in Britain have a semi-Irish accent, with alot of family in Ireland.
    Those're actually people of different decent than the Romani/Gypsies.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Those're actually people of different decent than the Romani/Gypsies.
    Ah, so just the media lumping them into one name then.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Saykine View Post
    Ah, I assumed it to be either Irish Gaelic or Romanian because of the similar sounding name, the fact that the French govenment talked to the Romanian government over the Roma in France, and because Gypsies/travelers in Britain have a semi-Irish accent, with alot of family in Ireland.
    Having citizenship of a country doesn't make you an ethnic member of that country.

    If you are a russian with Algerian citizenship, doesn't mean you are Algerian ethnically. You are a russian ethnic with algerian citizenship.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    Having citizenship of a country doesn't make you an ethnic member of that country.

    If you are a russian with Algerian citizenship, doesn't mean you are Algerian ethnically. You are a russian ethnic with algerian citizenship.
    Ethnicity can be quite arbitrary, being based on political up-bringing. Though if by that you mean "the Roma are an Indo-European ethnic group" then yes, you're right.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saykine View Post
    Ah, so just the media lumping them into one name then.
    Not sure if it's the media or just slang usage of the term Gypsy to describe a lifestyle rather than ethnicity.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    It is really. Much harder for adults. Historically, the children learn.
    They can have a rudimentary knowledge of English. Whoever said everything in life would be easy anyway? That's not a guarantee, nor should it be an expectation.

    And why should it be so easy?

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

    No it should be a requirement to be a US citizen.
    "We’re going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. In theory, some of those loopholes were understandable, but in practice they sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying ten percent of his salary, and that’s crazy." -Reagan

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