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Here’s a tweet I came across a little while ago.
“Hate hearing people not speak English in America #sorrynotsorry”
Ignorance and discrimination at its finest, people.
Well, let’s be clear. English is the mainstream language that positively allows us to communicate with each other. However the key is to respect the presence of other cultures and languages. This tweet fails to do that. Instead, it suggests oppressing your own native language to adopt a new one.
But discrimination has certainly evolved. It is no longer one that segregates and distinguishes between whites and non-whites, rather, one that entails sameness. America is now the land of transformation to this narrowly-defined white world that cannot accept, much less sustain, differences. We must all speak English.
And from a mainstream perspective, in an effort to communicate with each other, maybe so. But on an “everybody should speak it and ignore their own native language because that’s what America is all about” level, no. Not at all.
So what does this say about America? Incomers have to transform into a wrongfully claimed white world? Because America promotes sameness?
Many do partake in the same mentality of this young adult by thinking they now belong to a corrupt depiction of what America is. Many minorities are “whited-out.” Many don’t know how to speak their native language. Look at Italians. Many are now Italian-Americans. Jersey shore style. But native Italians will argue that’s not what Italian culture promotes or represents, as I distinctly remember my high school Italian teacher constantly bickering about. It is the “Americanized” Italian.
And I am sure many cultures are falling in the same trend; they are redefining their culture on American stereotypes and standards.
I am not sure when whites became the dominant race. After all, newcomers and immigrants used to be called white people. So when did they claim superiority? And when and why did everybody else go along with it?
So where is the beauty of acceptance? Embracing the differences? Ideally, America should be the face of multiculturalism. Instead, it has been made evident that cultures, customs, beliefs, the richness of Hispanic culture, Italian, Asian, and everything in between are just differences.
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