Car Window Sticker: “I Will NOT Be Forced To Learn A Second Language To Accommodate Illegals In MY Country”

Yeah, that makes sense.  No one should be forced to accommodate anything illegal as that would be condoning a discredited practice.

If this is in response to a work situation requiring learning Spanish as part of job training, that would be understandably irritating.  With the decline of proficiency in English, this could also be argued as poor use of scarce resources!   (And of course, the sticker didn’t specifically mention Spanish, but that would certainly be a safe assumption.)  Another fair question is:  what percentage of present-day Spanish immigrants are illegal?………

Before I go any further, I must be clear that I am not in favor of promoting a dual-language country.  It’s not practical nor does it promote unity, and it could lead to a version of the “Quebec versus rest-of-Canada” problem which has hounded our neighbors to the north for a long time.

I was influenced on this isue by first-hand experience.  My Colombian-born father and native Cincinnatian mother decided to raise their family in her home town.  He brought his college degree, obtained from a small college in New Mexico, to work and live in an English-speaking country.  He didn’t expect any language accommodation in either an engineering department, where there were few professionals from foreign countries, or from the rest of our community.  In fact, he learned his second language so well that he was the one consulted when questions about grammar surfaced at work!

My sisters and I learned some Spanish at home as a means of continuing our heritage and to be able to exchange broken Spanish with our Colombian cousins and their less-broken English in the few times we traded visits.  It also helped us when the public schools we attended taught French in the late grade school years during the 1960’s.

Looking back, why was a public school district in suburban Cincinnati teaching French as a standard practice?  At that time, French was the language of diplomacy.  It was the foreign language used in a majority of international exchanges, both political and in business.  Today, English has essentially become the default language in these situations.

While this is convenient for us in the United States, it can inadvertantly encourage a reluctance to study foreign languages in school.  However, the need to understand other languages has become very important.  The world has truly “shrunk” over the last fifty years and people of different nationalities are interacting more than ever.  To avoid learning a language outside of one’s home tongue creates a Tower of Babel scenario.  (This doesn’t explain the confusion in our English-speaking Congress, but that’s a separate Goliath of a problem.)

I close with two requests:

1)    To legal immigrants:  assimilate yourselves into our great country by learning English.  Just because it has been 53 years since my father became a U.S. citizen and chose to know English well, does not make it archaic to do so today.  By copying him, you will be doing your part to reduce the “oil/water society” we are headed to and return our nation to the “melting pot” it has been known for.

2)    To my fellow native-born U.S. citizens:  open yourselves to other languages.  Peace is in short supply, in part, because communication is suffering.  Understanding even just a little bit of other cultures will open beautiful possibilities, I guarantee it!

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8 thoughts on “Car Window Sticker: “I Will NOT Be Forced To Learn A Second Language To Accommodate Illegals In MY Country”

  1. Hey, I actually remembered my log-in information from an account I created for a class over 3 years ago! Anyway, to the creator of this window sticker, I would like to ask the following question- Do you know what the official language of the United States is? I’ll give you a hint, it’s neither English nor Spanish. Cool it on the ethnocentrism. Thank you.

    -Your “faithful son”

  2. Our founding fathers sure as hell didn’t speak spanish!!! and since they were originally from Great Brittain(England) that should automatically make English the unwritten Official language of the US.

    • Which is why I mentioned that my father came to the United States from Colombia to attend college and succeeded by speaking English. He wasn’t from Great Britain (one “t”), but he understood what assimilation was about. The concern is that we should be somewhat familiar with other languages, not just Spanish. When we venture into other countries, we are becoming slackers and expecting others to accomodate us on their home soil. That they do because English has become the unofficial universal language should not prevent us from learning a little about other cultures.

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