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    Saturday Night Card Game (Stop The Anti-Vegetarian Hate Speech!)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Stop The Anti-Vegetarian Hate Speech!)

    This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

    Tonight’s issue came to my attention due to the controversy stirred up in Australia over these two t-shirts:

    The t-shirts, particularly the one that says “we eat meat, we drink beer and we speak f**kin English,” have been branded as “racist,” as reported by the Herald Sun:

    RACIST T-shirts on sale at the Queen Victoria Market are telling people from international backgrounds to “speak f—–‘ English”.

    The shirts, which are on a stall close to shops selling stuffed koalas and boomerangs, have been branded ignorant by a multicultural group….

    The discovery of the provocative shirts comes after the Federation of the Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia met sporting, religious and ethnic groups around the country last month to tackle racism nationwide.

    Queen Victoria Market spokeswoman Misti Dullard said the market was “investigating the appropriateness” of the T-shirts and other items sold by stall operators.

    “We have noticed that recently there has been an increase in (those) types of T-shirts,” Ms Dullard said.

    We frequently hear people refer to English-only policies as “racist,” but I think that is a misnomer.

    The desire to maintain a nation’s predominant language is not a racial classification.  The French are not racist for wanting to maintain French as the nation’s language, and that goes for just about any other country.

    An English-only policy here would apply as equally to immigrant Swedes as it would to Argentinians.  A black person from Britain would have no trouble complying while a Caucasian who grew up in Spain might have trouble.  The American child of a Chinese immigrant would not have a problem, while the parent may — yet they are of the same race.

    Requiring English-only, or English as the core language of Australia, or Britain, or the U.S., simply does not reflect racial classifications.  Criticize it if you want, but not on racial lines.

    Applying the term “racist” is simply a means of preventing a rational conversation on whether an English-speaking nation has the same rights as other nations to maintain the predominant, and in many cases unifying, language.  I say Oui!

    Indeed, I’m wondering why the t-shirt is not under attack for being anti-vegetarian, since it also demands that people eat meat.

    As we know, hatred of vegetarians is a growing problem (even the vegans hate them).  Godwin must be turning over in his cabbage patch, because they’re already comparing vegetarians to Hitler.

    And while it is not acceptable to make fun of racial minorities, anti-vegetarian humor is out in the open:


    First they came for the vegetarians ….

    I demand that the Southern Poverty Law Center add the Anti-Vegetarian Society of Meat Eaters to its list of hate groups.  Think how many donations it will bring in for SPLC from the vegetarians, and those who love them.

    Now repeat after me, in English only:

    We are all vegetarians now.

    Update:  Thanks to reader Helen for this photo taken last August in Sheridan, Wyoming:

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    Hey, vegetarians and vegans demonize omnivores all the time because we violate animals "civil rights" and start all the wars or something.

    The fact that Hitler was a Veg certainly is worth pointing out because it belies the "all vegetarians are peaceful" meme. Also, George Bernard Shaw was a Veg, and even Stalin thought he was a jerk.

    I disagree with this sentiment, Professor. As a Spanish speaking bilingual, I'm baffled by the English-only crowd. It's like they celebrate being ignorant. I don't get their silly tendency to "preserve language." Anyone who has taken the most basic linguistics class knows this is a waste of time. Language changes, it evolves. There will never be one perfect way of using language. Where do you think English came from? If our ancestors had the purist attitude that the English-only folks have today, we would've never had English, or any other modern language for that matter. The corruption and convolution of language is a beautiful thing and history has proven that.

    Sometimes I tend to see this whole English-only business as racial, because at times it really is racial. Like that time years ago I was having a private conversation in Spanish with a few colleagues and this older white lady angrily approached us to tell us, "This is America, speak English!" For some, it stems from this desire to preserve a type of ideal American (or ideal Australian in the case of those t-shirt chaps)… "someone who talks like me, who behaves like me." Language is an integral part of how we look at ourselves, and it just rubs me the wrong way when other folks want to impose their own identity onto others.

    Live and let live, is what I say.

    I do not care what language people speak in their private lives (or businesses). Their choice of language is up to them and their associates or customers.

    However, I firmly believe that all governmental communications should be in English. Voting guides and driver tests in foreign languages are particularly egregious illustrations of the insanity of multiculturalism.

    So, when at the Department of Licensing, welfare office, or voting, speak f***ing English!

    sort of runic rhyme | December 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    "Speak f***ing English, if you'll pardon my French"?

    Randy, I disagree with your disagreement(now I'm confused!).

    It is one thing for language to grow and change. American English is fairly far removed from English English, as Cuban and Mexican Spanish increasingly do not resemble Spanish Spanish, and so on.

    Indeed, even here in the good ol' USA, we can have trouble understanding each other. You get a Cajun talking with a New Yorker and the issue will be obvious. Nonetheless, we do have a common mode of communication.

    Notice how "communicate" and "community" derive from the same root? If you cannot communicate, the community ceases to exist. Without a reasonably common language, there is no community, no nation, no country.

    This is America, and we speak American here. I'm not "imposing my identity" on you in the slightest, but don't expect me to accomodate you simply because you refuse to learn the language and customs of the country you voluntarily came to.

    If I want to speak your language, I'll go to your country. I'll be carrying a phrase book or some sort of translation device, and I will do my level best to respect your ways, for I am a guest in your home. All I ask is the same courtesy when you're in my house.

    What's so 'racist' or 'ignorant' about expecting some manners?

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