I’ve had it. I’m sick of the racist, clueless discussion on what we should do about illegal immigration, and the posturing over making English the national language in the U.S. We need to be focusing on making things better (thank you, bfp), not scapegoating and making things worse.
The solution to illegal immigration is not building fences and establishing English as the national language. To get to a solution, we have to examine why things are happening as they are, and then deal with those issues. That’s not sexy, you can’t put it in a sound bite, and it also requires treating illegal immigrants as human beings.
My solution: I’m going to learn Spanish.
This is no minor gesture. I’m not a person who can learn multiple languages easily. I took Spanish for 4 years in high school and apparently learned nothing. Giving up on my ability to learn Spanish, I took French in college. I remembered just enough Spanish to drive my French teacher up the wall. Apparently all of my articles and pronouns were coming out in Spanish.
French teacher, near tears: “spotted, this is French class. Please stop speaking Spanish!”
spotted elephant: “I’m speaking Spanish!”
So I’m going to study Spanish again. Being able to communicate with people who aren’t exactly like you is a really wonderful thing. We should be encouraging Americans to learn more than one language. It can promote cognitive flexibility, decrease nationalism, and provide the opportunity for Americans to appreciate other cultures.
My Spanish studies will begin in earnest once I finish my book on HTML. I can only handle so much at a time. But I’m going to learn. My first word:
Conejo means rabbit. What a shock, huh?