Unfortunately accurate

“I’m tired of pressing ‘1’ for English” on the phone.

A simple statement, but all too telling of one of the feelings at the heart of this matter. I am still reading back over news stories in my free time as the job kinda has me working my tail off during the day and I hate watching tv news in the evenings. I normally depend on IMs from friends to keep me somewhat aware of what’s going on. Justin mentioned this a day or two ago, but I saw this line in a DCist story about immigration and it stuck with me. It reminded me of when Florida amended their state constitution to make English the official state language.

It just seems so close-minded and not even racist but generally xenophobic, “You’re not like us, so we don’t want you here.” I suspect in another month, if that long, all the news outlets will be doing stories about DWH (Driving While Hispanic) in Prince William Cty.

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2 Responses

  1. Gregory says:

    I do have to say that I find it a little redundant to have to “press 1 for English” when I’ve just heard the instructions in English. The default should be “press X for Spanish (said in Spanish) and then, if no key is pressed, continuation in English.

  2. shindo says:

    How many of these English only advocates can speak English themselves? If what they call what they speak English….

    Just my perspective as a polyglot English teacher.

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