What are your thoughts on the English Only / English First law?

I’ve been out of town all this week on business in Salt Lake City, so I haven’t had the time or focus to read up on the English Only / English First / whatever stuff that’s happening. But some people out there are doing a great job covering it. Personally, I can’t see whatever legitimate benefits it might entail being worth the negative message that it sends to speakers of other languages and people outside of our area. It makes me want to sigh and say, “OK, maybe we’re not so civilized here after all.”

Comments are open: what are your thoughts?

3 Comments so far

  1. Ginger (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 9:08 am

    I will repeat what I have written on several other blogs…

    Stuff like this has set us back 50 years and reinforces the hillbilly and backwards image the rest of the world has of Nashville. It may not really affect that much in the scheme of things, but it mystifies me that it was even proposed.

    We want respect (tourism, conventions, etc., and then our local government pulls this crap.

  2. Christy (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    Where to even start on this? I happened to catch the Tuesday night discussion on channel 3, and it kind of made me want to reach through the TV and slap someone. I think the worst part was when Crafton, the one who proposed the ordinance in the first place, said, “The UN recently adopted English as its working language–the only people that objected were the French. That made it an added bonus in my opinion!” So this is who we’re dealing with? Does he also eat freedom fries dipped in “W” ketchup?

    The officials keep talking about how they want Nashville to be a more progressive city. How the hell could this possibly help that happen? The federal government requires bilingual ballots for areas with 5% of its population speaking another language. At the last census, we were at 4.7%. Obviously, it’s an issue here. Not providing English translations for city communications creates a huge obstacle for so many people in this city who want to access the services they pay for.

    God. I’ll stop.

  3. Mack (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 7:49 am

    part of me is concerned with how this makes Nashville look to the rest of the world, but, the real issue here is the slow, steady progress being made to make those different from us “less than.” It’s not a big leap from this to random shootings. It wasn’t that long ago that moron from Chattanooga was arrested for plotting to put a pipe bomb under a migrant worker bus. This sirt of thing needs to be stopped long before something tragic happens. It’s hard to put toothpaste back in the tube.

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