Speak English or Die

For my second post, I will complain. Now that America has decided that the racial slurs that have dominated our speech for generations are to be avoided, racism has reared it’s ugly head in the form of Billy Milano style “Speak English or Die”. I was at the gas station the other day (owned by a cool middle eastern dude, who barely speaks English but is nice as you can get. He gave me free coffee when I didn’t have enough change), one of the (American) employees insensitively wore a T-shirt proclaiming “ENGLISH: Learn it or LEAVE”. I was fucking floored. I would likely be called unamerican for calling her on her blatantly racist demonstration of her stupidity but it got me to realize that people are at their core racist and stupid and will always find new ways to marginalize those they feel threatened by. Since when a guy not being able to speak English is threatening, I don’t know. I feel more threatened by the armies of morons who proudly where their pea-brains on their shoulders and pat each other on the back for their dedication to the Amerikan Ueber-race. I wonder how man of their great-grandparents did not speak and never learned English.

About Pete Larson

Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I do epidemiology, public health, GIS, health disparities and environmental justice. I also do music and weird stuff.

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