This is not anti-immigrant, nor anti-anyone. This is about making an effort to not expect the workd to bow to your wishes.
What the fuck is going on?!? I don’t expect the pussies depending on a voter base to do anything meaningful, and that’s a big part of this problem.
What I’m talking about is the segment of the American population that just doesn’t give a shit about learning the English language after immigrating here. They just don’t fucking understand that part of emmigrating to another country includes ASSIMILATING!!!
The largest part of assimilation is language. It’s how we fucking communicate and interact. Now, many groups of immigrants that come to the US are fleeing absolute shithole homes in countries that value dirt more than human life. We’ve seen stories of families that fled places like China, Cambodia, Sudan. Especially the Darfur region. Most of these people risk everything they own, including their lives, to come to America for a fresh chance at a dignified life and freedom from unspeakable oppression.
These people, often leaving behind family to get established here, work harder at “fitting in” than any of us will ever work at anything in our lives. Period. They are to be accepted, admired and welcomed. Would you have the courage to move to a foreign land and dedicate every second of your life to adapting? These are the people, in case anyone thinks I’m racist or exclusionary, that are the exact people that made this country what it is. They knew what the language was, they knew they were expected to work and be an asset to their host country.
Post-Civil War my maternal ancestors came here speaking only German and Russian. (Germans from Russia, shout-out). They worked at jobs that required muscle, not communication. Not a single one of them ever dreamt of trying to get their employers to learn German or Russian. Not their market-owners, nor the banks, nor the government agencies. They knew they were limited in opportunity until they spoke English.
My great-great-grandmother sent her daughter to 1st grade when she was 14 to sit in class to learn the language. And learn it she did. My great-grandmother spoke only English, broken as it was, for the rest of her life. She used to use German if it was vital to communicate with her mom, otherwise it was English so her mother could further immerse herself in English. Difficult, but they wanted to be accepted as Americans. And it was language that helped make them so.
The German, and especially Irish ancestors had to work hard to distance themselves from their birth countries to be accepted. It wasn’t about race, or class, or social staus. It was about leaving behind the country they sailed from, and become American. They did a damn fine job looking at what they’ve accomplished.
BTW, those ancestors came here post-Civil War. Nobody in my family ever owned a slave or benefitted from slavery. They had their own obstacles to overcome. Like signs in windows stating “Irish-Catholic Need Not Apply”. Nothing to worry about here, move along.
Now we have a debate that’s been going on for the past few years over declaring English the official language. The biggest opposition is those declaring it’s “unfair” to certain immigrants. (Legal and illegal.)
Look, fucknuggets. English, though not an “official” language (the US doesn’t have any official language) is the standard language in the US. It pisses me off that the established poplulation of immigrants that accept the fact English is the dominant language are now being shit on by those that demand Spanish be adopted as well. Just because a group doesn’t think they should learn it. They think Americans should adapt to them.
Fine, but here’s the rub. Every day we hear from some pinhead about how the US is trying to change the world to suit us. Meanwhile, those deriding the US for “hegemony” are bashing us for not letting go of the expectation for immigrants to learn English. We’re lobbied to accept the immigrant group of the day’s language and make this a dual language country.
This is a country that has always been based on English. Germans, Italians, Russians, Japanese, Chinese, all stripes of Africans, etc, seem to accept the fact that to assimilate they need to learn English. Can anyone find, in the past 50 years, any movements to make anything other than Spanish an official language? Didn’t think so.
And it gets worse. now American citizens and naturalized aliens are at risk of losing jobs. Why? Because some people refuse to learn English and expect their host country to adapt to their language.
Often, they will call a support center and immediately ask for a Spanish speaker. Being America, with a majority of citizens speaking English (not English at work and Spanish the rest of the time, but actually “assimilating”) some are at risk of losing a carreer due to the refusal to learn English.
Based on a certain development, there will be many (I beleive) changes coming to some industries. Instead of people joining the workforce and adapting to their new countries, they will be the cause of business adapting to them at the expense of English-speaking citizens.
If you don’t adapt and learn Spanish, your job is on the line when they find Spanish speakers are needed. There is no expectation for those wishing to be Americans to learn English. You are expected to learn Spanish to accomidate them.
Oh, the best part? At my company I suggested 5 months ago a Berlitz-style training forum for volunteers to learn Spanish. I’m sure it would cost a bit, but they demonstrated the common sense they always do.
They opened a whole new call center in another state, leased the office space, spent the money to set up the networking harware, and sent the English speaking people to go train them. And then waited 6 months (and counting) to make it operational in the sense it was formed.
So, in short, the company appears to be accomadating those that refuse to learn the language. At the expense of those of us that have a baseline EKG that registers on a machine.
Never thought I’d see the day when my job would be in jeopardy because I speak English while working for an American company.
It isn’t my responsibility to adapt to immigrants. Like my ancestors, the onus is on the immigrant to adapt to the country’s culture.
All I can say is*
Alle meine Anmerkungen sind auf Deutsch.
- All my notes will be in German.
They will have to adapt.