Representative Steve King of Long Island is proposing there only be one language in America–English. “One of the great things about America is we’ve been unified by a common language. Our language is being subdivided by some force of the federal government. It is time to speak with a common voice.” Tough sounding words in defense of a single language, unfortunately, not very accurate about American history. Then again, does anyone in the Republican party know anything concerning American history?
I was born in 1930. I could walk the streets of the Bronx, enter Little Italy and walk for blocks where people spoke in Italian. In my neighborhood, our newsstands had two newspapers published in Yiddish. I could spend the day entering business establishments and only speak Yiddish. My pop never went to school, each day he read the Yiddish Forward and the New York Daily News in English. He was a real American.
In 1917, there were five schools in the St. Louis Public School system in which the language of instruction was in–GERMAN! Sorry, Steve, you got it wrong. Oh, by the way, your Irish ancestors were accused of NOT speaking proper English!!