A “thought experiment” published on Sunday by NBC News claims that Spanish — not English — is the “most all-American language.”
Gustavo Arellano, the California columnist for the Los Angeles Times opinion section, starts by asserting that it’s “dangerous” to speak Spanish in Trump’s America, citing six anecdotes cherry-picked to make his case that the United States under President Trump is a nation of bigots.
“Such open, ugly bigotry seems like the new normal for Latinos, and statistics are starting to back that up. An FBI report showed that hate crimes against Latinos rose 15 percent from 2015 to 2016, which just so happens to coincide with the rise of 45,” he said, apparently unaware that Trump did not officially become President until January 2017.
He then makes the claim:
Latinos love la habla not just because it’s part of their culture, but because we know what conservatives refuse to accept: Spanish, not English, is the most all-American language of them all.
Just re-read your history books. Spaniards had already established vibrant colonies from St. Augustine to Santa Fe by the time the English set up Jamestown in 1607. Previous generations of Americans knew to learn at least some Spanish when they moved into what’s now the Southwest United States, when it was still part of Mexico. And the lingo of the most American icon of them all, the cowboy, is mucho mucho with Spanish roots, from buckaroo (from vaquero— cowboy) to vamoose (from “vamos”—let’s go) to that most red-blooded car of them all, the Mustang (from the Spanish word for stray animals).
The article sparked quite a bit of anger on social media, Fox News said.
“I guess the French are racist when they scoff at people for speaking English in their country, if you use the logic of this article. What makes American English beautiful is that it encompasses several languages. The writer is biased and ignorant,” one person said on Twitter.
I guess the French are racist when they scoff at people for speaking English in their country, if you use the logic of this article. What makes American English beautiful is that it encompasses several languages. The writer is biased and ignorant.
— AnneX (@allannex) May 27, 2018
Others called the NBC article “silly,” “stupid news” and “anti white propaganda.”
One person noted:
Of course not…
Fox News said NBC did not respond to their request for comment, but Arellano stated: “There’s backlash? It’s all valentines for me!”
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