Ignorant Much? Or Are You Just a Good Ole Racist?

by multilingualmania on July 30, 2010

in Anti-Bilingualism, Linguistic Discrimination, Music, Racism, Sarcasm, Video

There once was a time when the “this is America, you better speak English here” used to make me really upset and sad, but lately it’s started to become really comical to me when people display such acts of ignorance and racism. Because racism is what it is, disguised under the cloak of anti-multilingualism.

I wish I had the energy to explain to these morons that some of the languages that they are referencing in this “Press One for English” song were on this continent long before English was ever spoken here. But why bother? We all know that racists only hear and believe what they want to believe. In a way, I feel sorry for them because it must really suck to feel so threatened that they are losing power and control due to their probable inability to be able to learn another language!

Racism, fear and ignorance are still alive and well in the USA!!

And further evidence that it is NOT just about “language” can be found in the following video about the Arizona immigration bill. Do you think that they will actually wear their white hoods in their next video?

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah July 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

wow in the first video.. is she really serious?! geez! maybe you have to press one for English because you’re calling a company that has call centers all over the WORLD and not only people in the USA call.. people from other countries call as well! this is getting too boring, and as you said, I’m so tired I don’t even bother anymore.. there’s no point in trying to explain things to people who oppose other languages because they just won’t listen so I kind of gave up a long time ago. It’s just sad that because of that ignorance some people don’t get to experience some other great cultures and learn about them. Great article!

Kara July 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

Wow… does she not think any of her ancestors ever spoke another language? if she went to another country wouldn’t she want to keep her English as well as learn her new country’s language? narrow minded… I love the fact that my local grocery story has “pick up your cake here” posted in four languages by the bakery section. I agree with Sarah’s comment – it’s sad that some people are missing our on the richness of different cultures just because they’re offended someone isn’t exactly like them.

multilingualmania July 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Now that I am thinking of it, I’m asking myself if it even says press one for English. I’ve heard them say in Spanish “oprime dos…” as in press two for Spanish. But I can’t remember hearing a press one for English.

Am I demented because this has started to get oh so very entertaining to me?!

Sarah July 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Yeah you might be right, I think it does say press two for Spanish.. anyway, it is pretty entertaining! sometimes I feel like I could get a pretty good laugh out of it! and Kara, I agree.. I’m not saying we shouldn’t learn English I’m just saying, like you said, keeping your first language is what keeps you attached to your own culture and parents, grandparents, etc..

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