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January 18, 2005
Spanish Americans should not be deprived of English

Incoming email from Mark Alexander:

Thought you might be interested in this brief essay pointing out that withholding English from immigrants is racist.

I am. It's a good piece, too. The gist of it is that if English is not your first language, it is still your icket to full and free membership of the big wide world out there, and that ethnic leaders, in this case Hispanic leaders in the USA, don't want their flock to learn English, because that way they would cease to be their flock.

I love the cat picture, but do not understand it.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 08:36 PM
Category: Languages

According to Wikipedia, "In 1976, rioting broke out in Soweto as the result of the apartheid government's requirement that Afrikaans rather than English be used as the medium of instruction in black schools. See History of South Africa." Three guesses why the white minority government didn't want the black population to learn English.

The cat looks nothing like Susan Estrich.

Comment by: tom harrison on January 19, 2005 01:05 AM

T.S. Eliot said that you don't have to understand cat pictures to be able to enjoy them.

Comment by: Harry Hutton on January 19, 2005 02:21 AM

Think "visual metaphor." C'mon. It ain't that hard.

Comment by: Mark Alexander on January 29, 2005 03:57 AM
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