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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

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Officials Call 'Speak English' Sign Discriminatory

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Civil Rights Commission has ruled a sign in the window of a southwest Ohio tavern declaring, "For Service, Speak English," is discriminatory.

"I really think it's an affront to Hispanic families in the area, and I'm glad that the commission agreed that it's illegal discrimination," said Elizabeth Brown, HOME's executive director.
Now, explain to me why an immigrant (legal or illegal) shouldn't have to learn our language and culture? If you move to another country you should be prepared to learn its language and customs. You should adapt to your new home. As the old saying goes: when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

8 comments:

Stephen in Atlanta 10/12/2005 12:23:00 PM  

It's my understanding, and please correct me if I'm wrong, that English is the official language of the United States. How can they call that sign discriminatory?

Kevin 10/12/2005 12:51:00 PM  

Technically, no, english is not our official language. It's just the most common to our culture. The Federal Government has never designated an "official" language, although some states have adopted english as their "official" language.

For me it would come down to the fact that it's my business and no one should be able to tell me how to run it.

Even though I personally think it's a bad business decision to intentionally exclude non-english speakers who might become loyal patrons and spend lots of money at the establishment - it's that man's tavern and if he wants english spoken there in order to get service, that's his perogative.

EGL 10/12/2005 01:11:00 PM  

I hate to burst you bubble, but English is no longer the most widely spoken language in the United States. Spanish is. I agreee that it is his bar and his decision. And I think that people who are unable to communicate should not expect that others should bend over backwards to help them out. However, at this point you and I should be honing our spanish skills...we're in the minority now!

prismwarden 10/12/2005 01:17:00 PM  

I doubt Spanish is the most widely spoken language in America. The Hispanic population is a mere 13.5% (or thereabouts) even accounting for immigration.

Kevin 10/12/2005 01:41:00 PM  

You'd have to show me a statistic from somewhere other than the "The Onion" to prove that spanish is the most widely spoken language in America. I bet more people speak ebonics than spanish.

Stephen in Atlanta 10/13/2005 03:37:00 PM  

I bet more people speak ebonics too!!

EGL 10/18/2005 11:17:00 AM  

I stand corrected. The statistics do pan out that english is the most common in the US. However, world wide only Chinese and Hindi are spoken by more people than Spanish.

Kevin 10/18/2005 12:32:00 PM  

No problem EGL! Let's just make sure English stays on top.

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