The Selfishness Of Refusing To Learn English

A selfish man is a thief.” – Jose Marti

There are basic rules people must follow if they are to live in, and participate in a functioning society. Do not kill, do not steal, do not behave recklessly—just to name a few of the most obvious. Basically, follow the law. But there are other rules that, if not followed, bring everything to a grinding halt. These are social rules, rules that must be followed to keep things running smoothly. And I am tired of people not adhering to these basic rules.

According to CNS:

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language requirement in a U.S. business constitutes  ‘discrimination.’

The federal government is telling businesses that firing an employee because they cannot speak proficient English is unacceptable. Is this a joke? Unfortunately, it’s not. The claim being made by the EEOC is that the firings were disguised racial discrimination, that the employees who were terminated weren’t fired because of a lack of English proficiency. However, according to Judicial Watch’s Irene Garcia, the terminated employees, “were not able to speak English at any kind of level that would be considered proficient.” So, what’s happening here?

At the moment, this is a he said/she said type of lawsuit; both sides are going to claim that the other is in the wrong. But I’m not particularly concerned with the lawsuit, I’m more interested in the subject matter being discussed in light of the suit. We live in a country in which English is the national language (not legally, but it’s understood). We live our lives using the English language; no one would dispute that the United States is understood to be an English speaking country. Aside from two loopholes, to become a citizen, one must be able to read, write, and speak English. Yet, there are those who move here with the intent to stay, who refuse to learn English. Even more absurd, there are those who defend that choice.

We’ve come to a point in our society that asking someone to learn English is labeled as racist, or xenophobic. According to some people (liberals), asking immigrants to learn English is simply masked racism. But to those people, I have a question: would you ever move to another country, with the intent to live there the rest of your life, and not bother to learn their language? I would hope your answer is no. Moreover, you would probably say that it was culturally insensitive to not learn the language of the country in which you planned to live out your days. And you would be correct. If that is the case, why is it xenophobic to ask someone immigrating to the United States to learn the language of its people?

Now we’ve come to the real answer: liberal guilt. To the left, America is a mean, aggressive nation that has participated in numerous atrocities over the course of its existence. Granted, this country isn’t perfect, but neither is any other. Human nature rules us all, regardless of the country in which you live. You cannot point to an incident in our past that has not been replicated somewhere else, at some other point in history. But, to the left, we are the aggressors, and as such, we must not pressure any minority.

But here’s my analysis. It is a mark of extraordinary arrogance, selfishness, and rudeness to move to a country, and expect everyone else to cater to your deficiency. And I feel no guilt in saying that. So, go ahead, call me xenophobic. That word only hurts if it’s true.