Spanish Approved As A Second Language In Doral, Florida

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Mar 1, 2013
 
Stories of suburbs trying to pass English as an official language ordinances have been fairly common in recent decades. But, what happens when the story is flipped around? Here is what happened when the mayor of Doral, a Miami suburb, tried to get Spanish approved as the official second language:

But when Doral’s mayor tried to make Spanish the official second language on Wednesday, he was rebuffed by every councilmemberandnumerous constituents. And it wasn’t from the small group of non-Hispanic residents who live here. It was largely from immigrants themselves…

But few cities have responded by declaringthemselvesofficially bilingual.Farmore states, and politicians, have adopted English-only policies. That has been reaffirmed in the recent immigrationreform debate, withbothDemocrats and Republicans supporting English as a requirement for citizenship…

Florida itself is an interesting case study: Miami-Dade County declared itself bilingual 40 years ago after a wave of Cuban exiles fled island and settled in South Florida. That ordinance was later overturned, but the rejection was thrown out in 1993. The state voted to make English the official language in 1988.

In Doral, nearly 80 percent of the population is Hispanic and almost 90 percent speak a language other than English at home. The city is affectionately known as “Doralzuela” because of its large number of Venezuelan residents.

I wonder how particular this is to Florida which has its own unique history of immigration and whether there are similar cases elsewhere in the United States.

It is also interesting that this is a debate about the official second language. Many of the suburban debates over language have been about making sure English is number one.

http://legallysociable.com/2013/02/20/the-may...

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Puerto Ricans were once forced to speak English

English language Law had the dual purpose of providing for the proper functioning of government but also aimed at Americanizing the people.[6]

Puerto Rico had nearly a million people on the island at the time when it became an American possession after the Spanish-American War in 1898, and there was never any large mass migration of English speakers into Puerto Rico, a migration that could have possibly rendered Spanish speakers a minority of the population. Accordingly, during the first half of the twentieth century, the people of Puerto Rico successfully resisted the federal government's attempts to make them adopt English as their only popular language and they continued to use Spanish in their day-to-day functions.

In 2007, the Spanish-language newspaper Hoy reported that Spanish was still used on road signs such as "Pare" (Stop) and "Estacionamiento" (Parking), despite U.S. attempts to "impose" English on Puerto Rico since 1898.[7] However, in 2009, the grassroots community cultural organization Unidos por Nuestro Idioma ("United for our language"), whose goal is "defending Spanish in Puerto Rico", expressed concern that the use of English terms on official road signs reading “Welcome to Guaynabo City”, and on mass transit (“City Hall” and “Downtown”) as well as police cruisers (“San Juan Police Department”) were evidence of the English language replacing Spanish in official use. The group advocates the defense and use of Spanish in Puerto Rico. The group states it is not against the use of English, recognizing the importance of Puerto Ricans learning it, but states that it should not displace Spanish.[8]

Education

The same 21 February 1902 law that ordered the use both English and Spanish as co-official languages in the government of Puerto Rico also made English the obligatory language of instruction in Puerto Rican high schools.[9] This practice, however, was officially modified in 1948, when English was required in schools only as a second language, and not as a language of instruction in all academic high school subjects.[10] The new 1948 practice was the result of a 1947 decree by Education Commissioner Mario Villaronga ordering that Spanish be the language of instruction for all but the English course. The decree, however, is binding only on public schools, and private schools for the elite perpetuate the use of English.[11]

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As a former bilingual teacher in California and activist against racism in that state, I am acutely aware of how much BIGOTRY is attached to "English-only" movements as well as anti-immigrant activism.

Therefore I maintain that the USA steadfastly resist any such xenophobic, bigoted and paranoid measures which have no effect other than to serve as a slap in the face to Castilian speakers.

I speak Castilian and because of all the racism I have adopted the habit of always speaking it in public, never assuming that I should speak English, that another person in a business does not speak Castilian.

The racism of gringos attached to this issue is the important thing. Which language someone is speaking is not. Such intense and pervasive racism must be confronted and destroyed.

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Barros Serrano wrote:
As a former bilingual teacher in California and activist against racism in that state, I am acutely aware of how much BIGOTRY is attached to "English-only" movements as well as anti-immigrant activism.
Therefore I maintain that the USA steadfastly resist any such xenophobic, bigoted and paranoid measures which have no effect other than to serve as a slap in the face to Castilian speakers.
I speak Castilian and because of all the racism I have adopted the habit of always speaking it in public, never assuming that I should speak English, that another person in a business does not speak Castilian.
The racism of gringos attached to this issue is the important thing. Which language someone is speaking is not. Such intense and pervasive racism must be confronted and destroyed.
I think that mental laziness contributes to the insane aversion to learning other languages. That and the traditional dash of stuidity.

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stupidity
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Brainiac2 wrote:
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I think that mental laziness contributes to the insane aversion to learning other languages. That and the traditional dash of stuidity.
Yes. Yanks are made to fear everyone. I mean they're afraid of France, USA's oldest ally.

They are also trained to be bigoted toward certain languages, notably Castilian. Example: me and a Mexican female who might pass as Italian maybe, and me, the ethnically mysterious me, stood in a mall to do an experiment. We spoke in an audible, fairy loud but normal tone, in French. People walking by, mostly whites plus some Mexicans, were smiling at us. We got no bad reaction whatsoever. The Mexicans had no reaction, whites tended to be positive. At one point a white woman walked over to me and asked,“Oh, are you from Paris?”

After a while doing this and noting the reactions, we switched to speaking Castilian. Immediately the reactions changed. The whites were frowning at us. The Mexicans had no reaction except that they were now looking at us like we were part of their group, not avoiding their gaze as much as when we were speaking French.

The whites, however, were hostile. Since we did not look like people from Mexico, it threw some confusion into it for them. They were frowning as they scurried past. This was in a mall in liberal coastal California, ok...

I could cite many instances of this sort of thing, from my own experience. It is in part the legacy of “La Leyenda Negra”, the complex of bigotry toward things Spanish which was created by the English during the centuries of antipathy between the 2 countries. Remember? Armada, Sir Francis Drake, all that...

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Barros Serrano wrote:
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Yes. Yanks are made to fear everyone. I mean they're afraid of France, USA's oldest ally.
They are also trained to be bigoted toward certain languages, notably Castilian. Example: me and a Mexican female who might pass as Italian maybe, and me, the ethnically mysterious me, stood in a mall to do an experiment. We spoke in an audible, fairy loud but normal tone, in French. People walking by, mostly whites plus some Mexicans, were smiling at us. We got no bad reaction whatsoever. The Mexicans had no reaction, whites tended to be positive. At one point a white woman walked over to me and asked,“Oh, are you from Paris?”
After a while doing this and noting the reactions, we switched to speaking Castilian. Immediately the reactions changed. The whites were frowning at us. The Mexicans had no reaction except that they were now looking at us like we were part of their group, not avoiding their gaze as much as when we were speaking French.
The whites, however, were hostile. Since we did not look like people from Mexico, it threw some confusion into it for them. They were frowning as they scurried past. This was in a mall in liberal coastal California, ok...
I could cite many instances of this sort of thing, from my own experience. It is in part the legacy of “La Leyenda Negra”, the complex of bigotry toward things Spanish which was created by the English during the centuries of antipathy between the 2 countries. Remember? Armada, Sir Francis Drake, all that...
Yes I am familiar with that explanation. However racism as it exists today wasn't a factor toward the Spanish. Neither was there the fear of being swamped by Spanish-speaking immigrants a factor.
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Mar 1, 2013
 
True. In that the anti-immigrant hysteria is more reminiscent of the old fear of a "yellow horde" from China swamping the USA. Now it's a brown horde.

There is so much ignorance toward "Latin" America in the USA that bits of Leyenda Negra float in the soup along with more modern stereotypes, along with some genuinely Yank stuff like Nativism. The Italians would pollute us with their Catholicism. The Mexicans with their language. LOL... you gotta laugh or go insane.

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