Gingrich, the not so ghetto-fabulous politician
On May 31, Newt Gingrich, former leader of the House of Representatives and possible contender for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, equated bilingual education with “the language of living in a ghetto” in a speech to the National Federation of Republican Women He said,
The American people believe English should be the official language of the government…We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.
He continued, “The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up” to vote.
In order to handle an angry backlash, Gingrich turned to YouTube, where he posted a Spanish video statement with English subtitles. In this video, he apologizes for his poor word choice.
It’s interesting how politicians like Gingrich simultaneously try to gain the vote of the biggest minority group and badmouth Latinos. They mock and ridicule Latin Americans who speak English with a thick accent, and they portray them as threats to the national identity of the U.S. However, their tongues don’t roll the r’s, they gargle the words like marbles in mouths, and they pass bills that most citizens that threaten the security of many people outside of mainstream America. Maybe Why Hispanic Immigration is Not a Threat to American Identity: 101 should be a required reading in the White House.
- Bilingual programs teach students reading, arithmetic and other basic skills in their native language so they do not fall behind while mastering English.
- On voting, federal law requires districts with large populations of non-English speakers to print ballots in multiple languages.
- Gingrich has pushed for many years for English to be the US national language, and in 1995 he posed bilingualism as “long term dangers to the fabric of our nation.”
FOXNews.com – http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263038,00.html
English version of You Tube apology – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj3Rd52hTU4