It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark, looking like you're riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing.He apologized but was harassed from them on in his baseball career.
Now he, along with his African-American girlfriend, are on a speaking tour promoting speaking English in America. I don’t want to defend John Rocker for the things he has said in the article, nor other remarks he made in his controversial career. I do think, though, that he is being demonized for advocating speaking English.
I continue to be amazed that this kind of thing is considered racism. Speaking English has nothing to do with race. Hispanics were at one time conquered by the Spanish, and forced to learn the language. Or, they acquired the language as a natural process over the years, because the Spanish were in power in their countries. It had nothing to do with their race. It has nothing to do with race now. “Hispanics” speak every language on earth, and a portion of them excel at these other languages. Many American “Hispanics” speak English, and some of them speak it better than the rest of us.
The term “Hispanic” of course does mean Spanish-speaking. It does not mean any race of people. Hispanics can be Blacks or Whites or Natives or any number of races. It is not connected with skin color, except by association. What I mean by this is that there are many Brown peoples who speak Spanish, so we often associate a race with the Spanish language, but this is not accurate. After all, Spaniards are “Hispanic” and they include many races, including Caucasians.
The same thing can be said for culture. There is no “Hispanic” culture. There are many “Hispanic” cultures. There are Mexicans and Spaniards and Puerto Ricans and Cubans and so on, all with different cultures.
“Hispanic” really, then, is connected with only one thing—speaking Spanish. It is not a race. The fact that Poles, Greeks, Russians, Germans etc. all came to America and learned English was not “racist” against the Poles, Greeks, et al. It was, rather, the melting pot of America, becoming one country.
Again, I don’t want to defend John Rocker’s early comments, nor his worldview. I’m not certain where he stands now anyway on all these issues. I do, though, think it is unfortunate to confuse advocating speaking English with racism. The alternative is two separate nations in America, each self-interested. We fought a civil war to unite the country and rid it of slavery. Now we are in danger of being divided by language, and you know it’s already happened.
The solutions? Slow down immigration to allow assimilation, and promote English as the language of the land. Plus, stop screaming “racist” when someone wants to preserve America as a nation. America is a good, inclusive nation, and should be kept that way, united.
(*Wikipedia is always my source unless indicated.)
Subscribe to my feed
Join me in the war on error, in the fight for truth, justice, and the American way! Support this site! Wanna swap links? It’ll help us both. Truth—The No Spin Politically Incorrect Zone
Join Rock's Political Blog Ring. Both Liberals and Conservatives are Welcome. (see left side bar or below these posts)New! Join Rock's Chatroom and Rock’s Truth Forum, both uncensored. You’ll be a bit lonely for now, until traffic starts to discover these new venues, but whenever I’m on line, I’ll check to see if anyone’s chatting.
Plus, I have added a special poll each week, where I craft the poll questions, Rock's Poll Question of the Week. This week's question is, "Who do you think is politicizing 9/11?"