I was just prowling around on Facebook when I saw a group entitled Speak English or Get Out. Sadly, this group was founded by someone who attended LSU, but there were people like this is Arkansas too.
All I can say is this:
- Just because someone speaks Spanish, that doesn’t mean that they can’t speak English. My grandmother spoke three languages: Spanish, English, and French. My father speaks Spanish and English.
- What’s the big deal about Spanish? I don’t see people losing their minds when people start conversing in Vietnamese or Hindi or French.
- No one is talking about you. I hear this all the time, and all I can say is get the F over yourself. Just because someone is speaking another language, it doesn’t mean that they’re commenting on you shoes or whatever. You’re not Brad Pitt or Katie Holmes–most people just don’t care.
The saddest part was that this group had been joined by a lot of foreign nationals who were hoping to improve their English skills–they didn’t get that the group was derogatory.