Monday, January 19, 2009

English Only Will Be Nashville's New Whites Only

If Nashville voters approve English Only on Thursday it may prompt a return to a shameful past where society reserved greater privileges for one cultural group to the exclusion and neglect of others.

(Photo credit: Library of Congress).


  1. You're an idiot. If you move to any other country on this planet, you'll be expected to learn that country's language. This is the United States of America, and our language is English.

    People who come to the US to do serious business have already learned English. It's been the language of commerce pretty much forever.

  2. I wish I had a dollar for every time an anonymous commenter called me an idiot from the security blanket of the internet.

    Precisely because our language is already English and precisely because immigrants have an admirable track record of learning our language quickly, there is no reason to spend money to write it into law, to micromanage the way government workers choose to respond to all citizens, and to risk lawsuits for empty symbolism.

    Most of all, there is no reason to feed Eric Crafton's political aspirations in the name of fear-mongering and prejudice.