English Only Bigotry

Most Americans have the attitude that any immigrants should speak English at all times in public, abandon their native customs and follow any informal rules set down by American whites. Immigrants are second class citizens even after they have citizenship. They are permitted in, only at the pleasure of whites and only if the immigrants are sufficiently deferential to their betters. Immigrants are household menials and should stay in their place. It reminds me much of the attitude of earlier generations of Americans to their slaves and black servants. I would hope future generations of Americans will be as embarrassed about this bigotry and racism as they are about the slave and segregation days.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)