Making English the official language and banning the use of other languages in school is nothing new to this nation. Pennsylvania Dutch was spoken freely in the schools in southeastern Pennsylvania until the early 1900’s when the Pennsylvania legislators decided that children should not be speaking both English and German. They wanted to kill the use of languages other than English and by doing so, they hoped to suppress the Swiss/German culture in the state. Despite their efforts, Pennsylvania Dutch can still be heard, spoken by many of the farmers living in southeastern PA. A similar thing happened in Louisiana where the use of French was prohibited. Banning French failed as the language lives on in music.
In the early 1900s, Louisiana authorities tried to suppress Cajun culture, banning the use of French in schools. But in recent decades, the Cajuns have repossessed their heritage and display an obvious pride. One major unifying force is Cajun music and dance, which is something of a family affair.
From one of the best… The Balfa Brothers
Today, it’s about banning Spanish and the Hispanic culture. Si? You can only speak English at Gino’s Steaks in Philadelphia.
Kill a language and kill a culture.
The English only crowd… en dummkopp iss and they deserve a swift kick in the dupa.
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