If by chance you were watching C-SPAN’s coverage of the United States Senate last Thursday afternoon, you heard something truly offensive.
I had just arrived in
Stop and think about that for a moment, because chances are, when Senator Reid said that, he called you a racist.
Using the ‘R-Word’
Ninety percent of us believe that someone should be able to read and write English in order to be an American citizen. Seventy-eight percent of all immigrant families want their children to learn English. And with his statement on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator Reid called every one of us who think this way a racist.
It’s important to know that the measure the Senate was considering didn’t address what language we speak in our homes, in our businesses or in any aspect of our private lives. It simply and straightforwardly stated that the government "shall preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language."