Just Say ‘No’

Not, ‘Yo‘.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which serves about 700,000 students, is embroiled in a nasty debate about whether meetings of a district advisory board should be conducted in English or Spanish.
I don’t have a child in the school district, but let me say this as clearly as I can for the activists wanting to conduct meetings in anything but English: Yo quiero Ingles, por favor.
For the rest of you: I want English, please.
One parent said it was racist to demand people who come to America speak English. I think not.
What’s really odd about this debate out in L.A. for many of us is that it is not the usual clash between Anglo-nativists and newly arrived Hispanic immigrants. Instead this is a battle which pits African-Americans against newly arrived Hispanic immigrants. The African-Americans think they are getting ripped off if a key advisory council to the school district is conducting business — dividing up federal money in many cases — in a language they cannot understand.

3 Responses to “Just Say ‘No’”

  1. Dave J says:

    “English is the official language of the State of California.”
    –California Constitution, Article III, Section 6(b)

  2. RebeccaH says:

    Count me among the “racists” who think public business in America should be conducted in the public language of America, which is English.

  3. Gunslinger says:

    “One parent said it was racist…”

    “Racist” is a word used in desperation by cowards to stifle any debate or discussion.

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