Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Senate Racism?

AfricanAmericanPoliticalPundit.com says:

Well it looks like George W.Bush who has long opposed making English the country's national language, per, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, is going against his Republican lead U.S. Senate vote in an amendment to proposed legislation overhauling U.S. immigration law and directed the government to "preserve and enhance" the role of English.

The Washington Post and Reuters report the Republican Led U.S. Senate also adopted a softer amendment, calling English the "unifying language" of the United States. Senators take both versions into negotiations over a final bill with the House.

The move by the Republican led U.S. Senate to make English the official language of the United States is suspect.

As Dennis Baron a professor of English and linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign wrote in his article, Do You Speak American this isn’t the first time that Americans have argued about whether English-only should be the law of the land. For the past two centuries, proponents of official-English have sounded two separate themes, one rational and patriotic, the other emotional and racist.

This African-American Political Pundit believes the United States Senate is not only motivated by patriotism and emotionalism, it is also motivated by racism.

As in the past, the U.S. Senate is clearly attacking minority languages and their speakers: such as Native Americans, Africans, Asians, the French, Germans, Jews, and importantly in the current immigration debate - Hispanics.




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