I appreciate language learning experiences. The fact that i read so much, and so profoundly, demonstrates the high level of your English.
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Never argue with a bigot. You just escort them out of the room like they did here. People who don't get that only indigenous people have the right to make that request. Everyone else is an immigrant at some point. You can live in a bubble of English only or Spanish only but we have now witnessed what bigots those types are. But, at least everyone in that school now knows who this fool is and what he thinks. All he's succeeded in doing is encouraging the even tempered non-Spanish kids and parents to learn some Spanish so next time, they can shout him down in two languages.
@NBAfan1 Plain and simple: some people are just not as bright as you are and mastering a new language, especially if you are older, may not be that easy to accomplish. Where is your sense of empathy for others? This world is already filled with too much intolerance and injustice; can't you help to make this a better place for everyone to live in?
I'm 100% Puerto Rican and agree with the man. You come to America, you learn English. You move to China, you learn Chinese. Is that so hard to understand? Does that make me racist?
Freaking self-entitled idiots.
@blahdsrfg No, that does not make you racist. But it does show an intolerance for others. I agree with you that when you move to country whose language is not your original language, you should make every effort to learn the new language. But even those who are leaning...learn at different speeds. Hearing a translation actually helps to learn the new language.
Why is our tolerance so low for others? This is certainly not the America that I am proud of.
One final thought: you, being from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, should know first hand how Spanish and English co-exist. And although I consider myself fluent in Spanish, I just don't understand sometimes when the language is spoken at a fast pace...lentamente, por favor!
As for the man who chose to disrupt the children's concert...shame on him for making it all about him when it should have been all about those youngsters and the joy of hearing them sing.
@blahdsrfg No, it makes you an intolerant bigot.
I agree that the guy shouldn't have disrupted the concert. It was tacky. However, I don't find it intolerant to expect people to show decency and learn the language of the nation they live in. I'm tired of seeing hispanics and other "minority" groups who come to a nation, not just America, and refuse to assimilate. Look at England and Europe and the plethora of issues they're having with Africans/muslims immigrating but refusing to assimilate and rather are trying to force europeans to conform to their cultures. It's asinine.
I agree we should offer services to help people learn english quickly and effectively, but the desire needs to be there. We also can't throw around the racist/bigot card simply because an American thinks people should speak English in America.