Recently Democratic Senator Harry Reid called legislation to make English the official language of the United States "Racist". The proposal went to pass the Senate by a vote of 63 - 34. All Republicans were joined by 11 Democrats in passing the legislation. Moments after that vote, the Senate passed another resolution calling English the "common and unifying language."
Now lets just take a look at the accusation made by Senator Reid and see if it even holds water in the slightest bit. Earlier this year, a Zogby International poll cited that 84% of Americans believed English should be the national language. In that same poll, 77% of Hispanics actually agreed with this idea. Furthermore 92% of Republicans in that poll and 84% of Democrats agreed with the idea of making English the official language. But, let us just not look at the thoughts of our own population and representatives...let's look at this on a global scale.
Of the 193 countries in the world, 178 have at least one officially recognized language. For you math people, that is 92% It is actually amazing that the United States is one of the countries that does not. According to Mr. Reid's comments, the world is one damn racist place.
English is already the official language of approximately 34 countries including but not limited to Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada (along with French) Hong Kong (along with Chinese), Ireland (along with Irish), Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, etc....plus many more
French is already the official language of approximately 30 countries including but not limited to Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chad, the Congo, France, Guinea, Haiti, Monaco, Niger, Senegal, etc...
German is already the official language of Austria, Belgium (has multiple official languages), Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland (again having multiple official languages)...
Portuguese is already the official language of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome, Principe, and even in parts of Spain...
Taking the above into account and remembering that 92% of countries have at least 1 national language, one can hardly call a proposal to make English the official language "racist". I mean come on...by "De facto" English is already the official language here anyway.
Having a national language is no more racist than having a national anthem or a national flag.
And if Mr. Reid really believes that making English the official language of the United States is racist against Hispanics, lets just take a look at those countries south of the border...
Surely they would not have any national languages would they Mr. Reid...because that would make them racist....let's just look....
Spanish is the official language of:
* Bolivia (with Aymara and Quechua)
* Costa Rica
* Dominican Republic
* El Salvador
* Equatorial Guinea (with French)
* Paraguay (with Guaraní)
* Peru (with Quechua)
And let's not forget Brazil with Portuguese as its official language
And let's not forget Suriname with Dutch as its official language
Wow - I wonder if Mr. Reid did any research on the topic before he opened his mouth on the Senate floor. It is definitely not racist for these countries to recognize Spanish as their official language. Neither is it wrong for Brazil to recognize Portuguese or Suriname to recognize Dutch as its official langauge. And it is definitely not racist if the United States wants to join the ranks of other nations and officially recognize a national language.