Thursday, May 01, 2008

Fortress AmeriKKKa - Day 717

For many years, Edgerton High School in Wisconsin has allowed students in its Spanish class to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish over the Intercom one day of the school year. Only one day. And these are not meskins, but white kids learning Spanish.

This year, everyone is all agitated about it. “This is America; we speak English,” said Todd Dix, a retired from the National Guardsman. Another, unnamed intellectual said, "I go to Edgerton High School and I don’t appreciate Mexicans saying the Pledge in Spanish. . . . If you think Mexicans can waltz right in this school and have an influence on these American students, then you’re wrong. This is America, home of the free and not the illegal."

There are over 100,000 Hispanics serving in the Army, and George W. Bush had the National Anthem sung in Spanish at his inauguration in 2001. And the Wisconson constitution is written in English, German and Norwegian. Superintendant Dr. Norman Fjelstad, who has had his life threatened, said, "The reason it was written in three languages is because it’s important that people understand the words."

I guess now, you can only love America in English, even if you are a white high school student in Spanish class.

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