Friday, June 29, 2007

Fortress Amerikkka - Day 408

Recently, rocker and outspoken conservative Ted Nugent was interviewed by Texas Monthly, and he chimed in on the pogrom against illegal aliens. Basically, he said he understood that people wanted to come to Amerika to enjoy freedom, but they should learn English.

Sounds reasonable. So reasonable, in fact, that according to a United Way of Salt Lake survey, more than 80 percent of immigrants and refugees have tried learning English, but keep running into some problems. And, what a coincidence, they have some of the same reasons I don't take continuing education classes: A lack of time, Difficulty, lack of child care, and fear. I don't have kids. Child care ain't an issue for me.

"What was striking is the difficulty to survive and trying to learn a language at the same time," Bill Crim, United Way's strategic initiatives and public policy director, said.

I had the same problem trying to learn German in high school (and I live in a German community) and French in College (I didn't like the German professor in college).

Most immigrants learn survival English. Unlike Amerikans who travel and assume that if English is spoken slowly and loudly, everyone will understand.

Then again, this ain't about French. No one is complaining about the Quebecois trying to get everyone to speak French. It's about poor, brown skinned people who speak Spanish. Rich, white skinned people who speak Spanish aren't a problem at all!

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