Friday, June 17, 2011

Good Question

“Why Aren’t You Speaking English?” : A Texas Senator Is Receiving Praise And Criticism

I can't believe Senator Chris Harris (R-TX) is getting any criticism at all for asking a man who has been living in the United States since 1988 why he wasn't speaking English during his testimony during a committee hearing.

I think it is a legitimate question.


silly rabbit said...

This is a very old bug-a-boo with me!
Let me give you an example... at the school where I used to work, a Mexican child who spoke only Spanish came to us in kindergarten. We taught her to read, write and speak English. By the time she graduated from high school, she still had to leave school to go translate for her parents. That's 13 years.
I would never move to a country where I did not know the language and not BOTHER to learn the language. I would want to know to avoid being cheated, to be able to understand the laws, driving rules, community issues, etc. I would learn to protect myself and family and because how can you live somewhere for so long and NOT
pick the language up. I am betting that he could speak English just fine.

Always On Watch said...

From the linked article:

"It is insulting to us," Sen. Harris fired back. "It is very insulting. And if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English."

Amen to that!

I agree with Silly Rabbit: I am betting that he could speak English just fine.

The Spanish-speaking individual is trying to assert his ethnic supremacism, IMO. And Senator Harris didn't fall for that ploy. Good on Senator Harris!

cube said...

Silly Rabbit: I've been complaining about this for decades. There are areas in Miami in which you can't function if you can't speak Spanish. That's when it first hit me.

Nowadays it's closer to home. I'm noticing billboards (mostly for scummy law firms) in Spanish and I really hate to have to press one for "English" when I make a call in the US.

I've run into people who work at Publix who can't even speak English.

And believe me, it's not that I have anything against Spanish, but I do have concerns for Americans who don't speak Spanish having to worry about communicating in their own country.

cube said...

Always On Watch: Absolutely.

This man is a member of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition and was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas.

For him to testify in Spanish was most definitely a slap in the face of all the gringos in the room.

I'm glad this Senator spoke up.

Z said...

When we lived in Germany, I went to German class every single day for 3 hours...when we lived in France, I went to French class every single day for 4 hours for 2 1/2 years and then had a tutor come in for 1 year.I am not fluent at either but I'm pretty darned good. There was no "push 1 for English" in either country, and the signs aren't in English, either. Drivers licenses are done IN FRENCH and German..>NOT ENGLISH because it would be difficult for us English speakers!

That we make it easy for immigrants not to learn the language of this country they chose to inhabit is OUR FAULT, in my opinion. That this immigrant didn't feel the desire to become more American by speaking English is his fault, AND our fault.

cube said...

Z: You are right. I can't imagine living in another country and expecting everyone to cater to me. I'd get out there and learn the language... pronto!

It is OUR FAULT, and if we keep allowing this PC nonsense, it will be the end of this country as we know it.

dmarks said...

Perhaps as a child he went to an NEA-controlled school. Wherever the teachers' union has sway, the mission is to make "teachers" rich while removing them of any obligation to actually educate.

Chuck said...

I already have this as a my quote of the week

Patrick Carroll said...

Stories like this really upset me because they simply illustrate how far to the Left the western world is now leaning. If we are not careful we will destroy ourselves.

Karen Howes said...

I think that's a fair question. I mean, it's not like he just got here.

I really think that, if you can't speak English after 23 effing years in this country, you need to leave.