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— The Daily Post.
You are not entitled. You should not be self-righteous. You are no better than the rest of us. I wrote a blog post yesterday titled “For English, Press 1,” and it received some negative feedback. I do not understand why–I specifically stated that I was in no way saying that people needed to learn English. Nor was I saying that people should be forced to learn another language. I simply stated that I do not understand why people get their undies in a bundle when they need to press 1 for English, because really, who cares? It takes two seconds to press a number to get routed to where you need to be. I guess two seconds is a huuuuuuge inconvenience to some people…
Well, that generated a wonderful conversation. (please note the sarcasm) A photo was posted on Facebook saying “I should not be forced to learn another language to accommodate illegals.”
Okay, let’s break that down:
1. No one is forcing you to learn another language to accommodate illegals. The majority of the people in America know English (either as their first or second language), so THEY are the ones who are forced to learn English. Not the other way around. America might not have an official language, but it is difficult to dispute the fact that speaking English is to your advantage in most cases.
2. Just because someone doesn’t speak English, doesn’t mean that they are illegal!!! That assumption is so far beyond ignorance that I refuse to stoop to someone’s naive level to explain this.
Every ounce of me tried to resist posting something in response because I figured I would get some backlash from the person who posted it. So I simply asked, “wait, who is forcing you to learn another language?” His response, “I don’t want to have to press 1 for English.” Wait, what? How do those two even correlate? Someone clearly did not learn how to write an argumentative paper… I responded saying how it isn’t much of an inconvenience to take two seconds to push a button to get routed to the correct person, and that just because someone doesn’t speak English, doesn’t mean they are illegal. I was waiting to get into this petty argument, but he responded with “I agree.” Hold up, what?? Why was this posted on Facebook to begin with then? For the sake of an argument? Well done, sir!
I was relieved. And very thankful that nothing more was said.
Until another Facebook notification popped up:
Woah! Well, here we go. How can someone be so hostile at 7:30 in the morning? And already with the caps? There’s no need for yelling! (This should be noted that this was NOT the person from the above paragraph. I have left his name out of this post.)
Wait, I’m “fucked in the head” and “a bitch” because I am supporting someone’s right to have a call in another language??? You’d think I was supporting the KKK with that sort of reaction… Goodness. This guy seems a little extreme.
This is the worst argument in history. This guy can’t even find a topic to write about. And he definitely cannot spell… How am I the bitch again?
Maria clearly ended that conversation.
After reading through these comments again, I came to an assumption as to why no one helped him when he was in Mexico… When I was in there, I never had an issue with people refusing to help me because I didn’t speak Spanish. We usually ended up having a fun game of charades to understand each other. Must be because I’m not rude and expect them to speak English. Makes sense why no one wants to help this guy. I sure don’t. Language barrier or not, people do not like to help rude people. I would rather struggle to help someone who didn’t speak English, but who still respected me and put forth efforts to try and communicate than someone who spoke my own language and was rude.
But back to the issue at large: inequality. There’s so many ways in which I could write about inequality, but I’m going to focus on the one aspect of inequality otherwise I’d end up writing a book. No one treats anyone like equals anymore. People feel entitled because of what language they speak or what degrees they have. In the case above with Joe – he clearly feels superior to anyone who doesn’t speak English. That isn’t treating anyone with respect. And just because of a language barrier? And then to start name calling simply because someone disagreed with him?
I don’t think I will ever understand people with such a close-minded view of the world.