The outrage over the Coca-Cola commercial during the Super Bowl has left me dumbfounded. I am fascinated by the public reaction over (gasp!) any language other than English singing America the Beautiful. Completely and utterly besotted with this topic. I can’t help it. It confuses me, angers me, perplexes me ….
I am sorry, but if you honestly and wholeheartedly believe that the only language that should be spoken in America is English, then you have deep issues that should be dealt with. Immediately. There is absolutely no way one country will EVER speak one language. Ever. How in the world is that possible? I spoke English in the Czech Republic. I spoke English in Croatia. I spoke English in Italy..and Germany…and Poland. I heard so many languages overseas that sometimes I forgot what I spoke. I made more grammar mistakes than ever and found myself questioning basic spelling and sentence structures.
Americans like to pride themselves on being a superpower, the BEST country in the world, the ONLY country in the world. I am American. Sure, I’m proud of where I live and where I come from. But, for the love of God, I am completely aware that America is not the only country that exists. And because I realize other countries are out there, I also realize that some people who come from those “other” countries make their way over to our streets of gold to set up shop and live the life they want. How dare them! I mean, this is obviously MY country, not theirs. How arrogant of them. They think they can just move to another country instead of forcing themselves to stay put in a country that doesn’t provide the happiness they desire? If they don’t want to live in their native land, then they shouldn’t have CHOSEN to be born there. The nerve these people have….
I am so glad that I chose to be an American. I am so grateful that I made such a practical decision to live in a country that outsources work, hires foreign workers so that I may save a penny or two, a country with a welfare system that disables rather than enables…a country that imports goods from those “other” countries, a country only a few short feet behind more technologically advanced countries.
How dare anyone else in the world ever agree with me that America is indeed Beautiful.
Imagine what a confining life you’d lead if you weren’t able to change your circumstances. One day you decide you don’t want to be a school teacher anymore. You now want to be a lawyer. Lawyers make better incomes and you would probably feel a bit more accomplished because your real passion lies within the law. The other side of the tracks looks much more appealing to you and by golly you’re going to do it! Just as you’re registering for your first class of law school, a big scary man on a red, white and blue horse comes traipsing in to tell you, “You’re a teacher. Not a lawyer. You don’t belong here. Who do you think you are? You can’t just change your life like that. Go back to the school yard!”
Instead, imagine you’re a female living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. All you want is to move out of that country to a land of peace, rights for women and safety from daily rape.
Not on my American watch! You weren’t born here. You can’t come here. You just have to suffer through the pain and lack of freedom because you weren’t granted the right of an American birth.
It’s extremely hard for me to organize my thoughts on this subject. Especially when all I really want to say to those “offended” by America the Beautiful being sung in a language other than English: “SHUT THE FU#$ UP!” I have no respect for anyone who disrespects people they’ve never even met. Disrespect towards a people who speak or look differently is the sign of a true coward. I do remember one famous person who disrespected anyone who was different than him, Hitler. (just a thought…)
America the Beautiful is a song. Not a right. It’s a symbolic gesture towards the history and the past and future success of our nation. It’s not a right of passage offered only to those lucky enough to be born here. Denying anyone the right to proudly sing the song would be the same as denying a newly converted Christian the right to read the Bible.