Though no doubt irritated by the practice, most Americans pretty much put up with the number of businesses and public utilities providing services in both English and Spanish, often with the interloping tongue regularly showcased as the primary mode of speech offered.
However, as speakers of English let the good manners and propriety, for which the land their own language originated from is renowned, to take precedence and keep their mouths shut, there will come a day when the advocates of the invading culture will seize predominance and refuse to grant the same degree of verbal acceptance those now being conquered have been duped into extending.
A caller to the June 9, 2006 broadcast of The Chris Core Show on 630 AM WMAL in Washington, DC contacted the program to relay an experience he had in a Metropolitan Area Home Depot.
According to the caller, when it was his turn at the self-checkout counter, he discovered the terminal had been locked in Spanish mode.
The caller proceeded to the employee overseeing the self-service operation and informed her of the register’s status.
Instead of adhering to the trusted axiom that the customer is always right by unlocking the register and apologizing for the inconvenience, the Home Depot associate proceeded to berate the customer as to how it was not only our responsibility to accommodate Spanish speakers but also our obligation to learn Spanish ourselves.
The caller humorously pointed out that a number of Asians also in line (clearly immigrants as indicated by their accents) spoke up and insisted that in America we speak English.
By definition, the act of surrender entails one party giving in to the demands of another. Unless more Americans take a stand like that contractor at the checkout and those immigrants backing him up that apparently knew more about what this country is about than those conspiring to sell us out, it won’t be long until the facade of bilingualism will be dropped in favor of the imposition of an alien monoglotism at the heart of this brand of multicultural manipulation.
By Frederick Meekins