Video Thursday: We speak Racist

We’ll ignore the fact that they wouldn’t save money because they would lose their Federal transportation funding if they only offered the test in English. We won’t ignore that it’s racist; it’s barely-coded anti-immigrant rhetoric, and in the current political climate, anti-immigrant rhetoric is barely-coded anti-Latino rhetoric. And “If you want to live here, learn [English]” adds another layer: the implication that immigrants and minorities are lazy. Learning a new language and adjusting to a new culture are not easy things, and needing a driver’s license before needing English fluency is practicality, not laziness.

[UPDATE: The election is going to a runoff, probably after a recount.]

One Comment

  1. Posted May 14, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    It should be required in curriculum, a course on decoding commercial messages. The underlying agenda is always there!


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