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do you think the government contributes to stereotyping and racism by creating racist programs?

My BFF married a frenchman, and imported him. (lol) He's a sweet guy, and they are great together. But he speaks, well, French. And then English. NOT AMERICAN. English. It's different than ours, and he doesn't "get" slang, or some of the silly things we Americans do.

So, there's a free government program nearby to help with "English as a second language". He went to get a little help to make himself more marketable, and guess what? No help for him! Only people who speak Spanish get help.

The area they live in has high rates of immigration, every country of the world. But no help for any other language. I think this is very discriminatory. Do you?


Asked by lovinangels at 7:28 PM on May. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Of course!!! But your friend should call the ACLU, they can't discriminate, can they? lol...

    Answer by agentwanda at 12:13 AM on May. 16, 2010

  • yes i do! thats ridiculous. i lived in FL for a couple of years, and went to a community college there and wanted to transfer to USF, but i was told that before i transfered to USF i had to complete the classes spanish 1 and spanish 2. i was not able to take any other foreign language for my transfer, i had to take spanish in order to be accepted to USF. i guess because there are so many spanish speakers in florida. i have nothing against spanish, my aunt married a spanish man and had 3 kids with him so i have spanish cousins, friends, etc. - but this is america. why do we have to conform for spanish people, and ONLY spanish people? other people should be learning english if they want to be here.

    Answer by PURPULbutterfly at 7:33 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Maybe the program coordinator believed that your BFFs husband didn't need the class.

    Answer by Energ8zr at 7:40 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • On the surface, it does sound discriminatory. However, maybe there aren't people who speak any other foreign languages who want to teach english there, or whose english is good enough to be teaching it to others.

    Answer by Koukla12905 at 7:44 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Wow, thats something i didn't know. I wonder if all English as second languages are the same. Maybe he could find a college kid or tutor to help him out. Whatever it is , it's just crappy.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:26 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • energ8zr, that is not the case. They were clearly told that the program was ONLY for spanish speaking individuals. It never got to a program coordinator. It wasn't like they said they were working on other languages, or didn't have resources for other languages.

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:37 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • And people wonder why we assume that most illegals are from Mexico and other places south of the border. LOL. That really is pathetic, OP. It's too bad they don't have programs that aren't just geared towards ONE national origin.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Very discriminatory and not right. 

    What the name of this free government program?


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:50 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • No. I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill. He does speak English.
    And I don't think the Government creates racist programs. Good grief. You are really reaching now. Can you BE anymore anti-Government and anti-American?
    If you are so concerned about this Frenchman who speaks English and doesn't know the "slang" English....if there is such a thing....why don't YOU teach him? Or find a person who can. Gripe gripe gripe. That's all there is here at CM.

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:59 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • Yep - the government keeps racism alive - for sure!

    Answer by TeensMom07 at 12:09 AM on May. 16, 2010