July 30, 2009

English Privilege

Filed under: 100 Days of Summer,Assorted Politics,Shut the Hell Up! — Katrina @ 10:44 am

Now for a monolingual, patriotic edition of…

SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!

What in the hell is with these people who always scream and cry that, oh noes, somebody who is currently in the United States is speaking in a language (gasp!) that is not English? How dare they! This is an English speaking country and must stay that way. And the very good reason for this is… we say so. Yee haw!

Sigh. Here we go again. A bunch of so-called proud Americans have sewn an infallible fabric based entirely on how they were raised by their ignorant families and have decided that and only that is the proper way for all Americans to live and think. The basis for this belief, of course, is just simply that’s how they specifically were raised, and it must have been important because their parents beat the shit out of them if they so much as uttered a word contrary to these beliefs, so all others must obey these rules as well because, shit, their parents couldn’t possibly be wrong, could they? (Another example of how youth rights is always somehow present in just about any situation.)

Of course, I’m speculating, but that’s all I have to go by since I just really don’t understand how anyone can feel so threatened by the presence of non-English speaking people. Perhaps just general fear of anything different from oneself or at least what one is used to, just like the people who fight tooth and nail to maintain Christianity’s dominance, in that it makes no sense in the grand scheme of things but they do it because it is what is familiar and comfortable to them and thus must be enforced. Or perhaps it’s also the irrational fear that if English is not the only acceptable language, then it will be phased out completely and they’ll be forced to speak something else. Which, of course, is pure paranoid bullshit.

But it is typical behavior of those who occupy what is dominant when faced with something non-dominant seeking an increased status. It’s no different from white people feeling like they’re being attacked simply because non-whites were seeking rights. It’s no different from men thinking the idea of women wanting to be free from subordination and rigid gender stereotypes was an affront to them somehow. It’s no different from the homophobic assholes who think same-sex marriage is in any way, shape, or form a detriment to opposite-sex marriage. It’s no different from adults thinking youth rights will hurt them somehow.

That’s right, English speakers. Aww, did the mean ATM have a button on it for people who want to make their transactions in Spanish? Aww, are there signs on the bus with translations in Spanish and maybe even Chinese? Does the Indian family next door (gasp!) speak Hindi to each other? Oh, wait, guess what, idiot. It has absolutely NO effect on you!

English will always be a dominant language in the United States, regardless of how many other dominant languages there may be. There are like 300 million Americans and the vast majority of them speak English, so to seriously think English will somehow be phased out or even forbidden in favor of Spanish or Chinese or whatever is, as already said, pure paranoid bullshit and not even remotely possible (at least not within the lifetime of anyone around right now). And if the idea of having a lot of Spanish speakers around you makes you fear that no one will understand you, then maybe try learning Spanish, you ignorant assjob!

Oh, wait, forgot. Can’t do that. Instead of learning another language, a very nice way of bettering yourself, you want thousands of other people to change for you, because what’s familiar and right to you is right for everyone else whether they like it or not. And should someone suggest that maybe, just maybe, your way of living and thinking isn’t the only acceptable way and shouldn’t be considered superior, then they must be hating and persecuting you somehow. 🙄

Then again, when the English defenders are looking like this and this and this, maybe Spanish speaking immigrants are far from the ones looking to destroy our native tongue.

This has been Day 68 of the 100 Days of Summer, Round 9.

8 Comments

  1. Stupido gringos! :doitnow:

    Comment by Lord Galen — July 30, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  2. They aren’t asking the immigrants to know how to conduct an intellectual conversation or have a political debate. They just think they should be required to know enough English to function in American society. That way it will be easier for them to have the better life that they came to America for.

    Comment by Matt — August 7, 2009 @ 11:33 am

  3. I just discovered something looking at Galen’s comment:

    The :doitnow: smiley looks fucking weird when highlighted in the Fortress.

    Comment by Ryan — August 10, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

  4. How so? It’s just tinted blue.

    Comment by Nulono — August 11, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

  5. It’s not the color, it’s…I guess it’s the facial features. They’re different here than on the forums.

    Comment by Ryan — August 13, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  6. I find nothing different. lrn2see, noob.

    Comment by Robexib — August 13, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

  7. Actually, it is slightly different. The forums one has lighter cheeks.

    Comment by maxh — August 17, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  8. Yeah, this one is different, in that the forums one has a black outline and this one has a dark red outline so it looks better on a darker background. I also removed the rosy cheeks since on this dark background version they looked tacky, heh.

    Comment by Katrina — August 18, 2009 @ 9:02 am

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