I got an interesting email today from a friend. I don't believe much of what I read in emails but this one caught my attention because it was about a supposed ammendment to the Immigration Bill that would make English the official language of America. The headline read:
33 Senators Voted Against English as America's Official Language on June 6, 2007
Senators that voted against it, including Obama and Clinton, were called un-America and such.
I didn't bother looking up the validity, surely it's a joke, but it did make me think - isn't dictating a "language" in America more un-American that voting against it? Would I be arrested if I didn't speak English? Would it need to be proper English? There are some variations of English out there that give me the chills, if you know what I mean dawg.
Having in-laws who primarily speak Spanish, I don't really care what others use to communicate, as long as they realize I can't converse with them unless they use English (which after 15 years they've honed in on). I grew up with friends whose families spoke Greek and Italian. I was jealous - I wish we spoke more than one language in my house. My husband is bilingual but hasn't given that gift to our children (although I try to encourage it).
I love the variety of languages spoken around my town. I get bummed out sometimes that I miss the joke when it's not in English - but seriously? English as the Official Language? Oy vey!