Seriously Effing Disturbed

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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  1. luckeyfrog says:

    I think what bothers some people is that it’s costing America a lot of money in some cases to educate and make signage for people who don’t speak English. It IS an expensive process, but the education side is mostly affecting children, and I’m not going to complain about paying for them to learn.

    I only become frustrated when people don’t TRY to learn English in order to better get along in American society. I don’t care what anyone speaks at home, and I don’t care if they come here not knowing English, but I truly believe that a person who immigrates needs to not only hold on to their own culture but also try to assimilate to ours in some ways, and language is one of them.

  2. Haz Bien says:

    Goodness, it’s like we’re the same person! You know, people say things like “Learn English or get out”, but then complain about having to pay for them to take classes in order to learn. WHAT?! Not only is that a complete contradiction, it’s ignorance to the fact that you can’t just learn English in a day; it’s a process, and people need to understand that just because someone is speaking to their friend on the street in another language doesn’t mean they’re not making an attempt to learn, or can even already speak, English, like you said.

    But you already know how I feel about all this. :) Ha.

  3. My biggest issue is with politeness. People are entitled to all kinds of opinions, but you don’t need to be rude when expressing them.

  4. What I’m trying to say–not very eloquently–is that if you want English to be the national language, then you have every right to that opinion. I do not think it’s acceptable to be rude, or to expect people to never use their native language. If you’re just walking around Walmart then no one has a right to expect you to always speak English just because it makes them feel better. Atch–such a difficult subject.

  5. Swistle says:

    This is terrible. I saw a rude sign, I don’t remember the exact wording but it was something like, “Why the hell should I have to press 1 for English?” And I thought, “….” And then I thought, “Oh, DEAR, perhaps we could get you PHYSICAL THERAPY for all the STRAIN on your FINGY.”

  6. The story of me learning Spanish:

    I went to school where 1/2 of the population spoke Spanish, I could not STAND people talking around me 1/2 of the time and know know what the heck they were saying, call it curious or nosy, but I could NOT stand it!! So I told all my Spanish speaking friends to only talk to me in Spanish, and learned. My crowning moment was one time @ a grocery store these guys were shopping and said in Spanish, “She knows how to cook and has a nice ass.” I replied in Spanish, “Watch out…you never know who speaks Spanish.” They left their groceries and left the store they were so embarrassed! It was awesome.

    So I guess Homestead did have some perks growing up after all,

  7. We live in a messed up world, that’s for sure. People usually act that way because of ignorance. Pure and simple. Ugh.
    Have a good day today!
    God bless :)

  8. Small Town Girl says:

    We don’t have a whole lot of diversity up in this neck of the woods, so I don’t really have an opinion on this one!

    The pig invitations look super cute! You’ll have to show us your finished product.

    I’m SO happy Mexico is almost here…just two days till we leave!

  9. I think that an immigrant should make an effort to learn but picking up a language is a difficult task. I should know… I have been learning Spanish for the last 6 years.

    I know several people who never picked up the English language enough to converse. Not for lack of trying but these were older immigrants who found it difficult to learn.

    I admit to talking to my husband in Spanish when I want to talk about something personal in front of a co-worker. Like the instance in which another co-worker humiliated me in front of a customer. I didn’t want this other co-worker to know what this other person did.

    But in general, even if Eduardo and I speak Spanish in a basically English environment, I try to follow the rule that you never know who is listening that speaks your language so you should speak as if the people around you WILL understand. After all… who would think that I knew Spanish?

  10. Also, um, yeah, if someone wants to talk about you in English, they’ll just walk a little further away and do it.

    I DO wish people would learn English if they wanted to live here, but I’m not going to be all YOU’RE NOT AN AMURCAN IF YOU AIN’T SPEAK AINGLISH.

  11. Leucantha` says:

    My state is officially bilingual. Spanish and English, has been since we were adopted into the union. Because of our large Hispanic population and proximity to Mexico you can get away not knowing English at all, which I find sad. I also think it is sad when the Anglos cannot pronounce the Spanish names right either (if they have lived here a long time.)

  12. Ya, it’s a tough subject. I think that they should at least attempt to learn English – may don’t even try. These days so many things are in Spanish. I know some who used to work for SJI and one out of ten of them even attempted to speak English. Just like everything – there’s no steadfast rule that everyone’s the same.

    I will say that when I’m at the gym there’s always some ladies in there sitting there taking forever to get ready and yammering on and on and on in Chinese, and it really annoys me. But that’s only partly because of the Chinese, the other part is everyone else in there is quiet so it’s just annoying!

  13. I kind like that idea because maybe the people that want to learn English will teach the people thet put up the post to be more tolerant.