May 11, 2013

Learn the lingo or GTFO

A group of Hispanic janitors in Colorado have filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination because they are not given special accommodation in the form of communication in their native language.

In a stunning display of common sense, one of the custodians, Bertha Ribota, summed it up perfectly:
“If I could speak English I wouldn’t have the problems that exist,” said Ribota.
Unfortunately, Bertha thinks her lack of English-language skills is society's problem, not hers. 

Though other Colorado universities have internal policies that require foreign language translations, this campus does not, nor is it a state law.  Call them crazy, but:
The Auraria Campus believes employees should understand some basic English.
“It’s not our goal to provide every document translated or every conversation translated. Our employees are expected to interact with members of the public and that interaction we expect them to be able to understand English,” said Nickeson.
I think we are well past the point of needing to declare a national language.  Our country was settled by English speakers.  Our founding documents are in English.  Our government conducts its business in English.  Our laws are written in English.  No one is saying that people cannot legally immigrate to our country and continued to speak their native language, but to be an American, and to live and work in this country, it is a reasonable expectation that we all share a common language.