Let me apologise in advance for posting THREE times in the past 2 days.
But I have 2 things to report my flailing opinion on in.....
RACE RELATIONS NEWS.
1. I saw a commercial yesterday on Free Speech TV, the most liberal channel ever to come out on public access that I am aware of. The setting was a restaurant, and some guy was screaming "I WANTED WHOLE WHEAT BREAD!" so of course I thought it was going to be a health commercial. It was not. Some Spanish guy gave him more bread, and the guy was like "What is this??!!.....I SAID WHOLE WHEAT!" And some lady came over and gave him the right kind of bread. So the guy said to his fellow patron, "If you work in America, I mean you just have to learn English" etc. something along those lines. "You know what I mean?"
And some other guy said "No, I don't."
And the entire restaurant stared at this guy with a pure pure hatred that I could sense through the screen.
Should I feel guilty for agreeing with Whole Wheat Man? I am planning on moving to a francophone country. I am trying REALLY hard to learn French. It's common sense. If you want to move somewhere, speak the language. Make an effort. If you actually ARE living there, I think you'd have to make an effort NOT to learn the language.
His opposers said to me that they want all immigrants in the US despite their difficulties with English. Fine. All I'm saying is, TRY to LEARN it!!
2. Hispanic population up 65% in Roanoke. This explains why everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, now has Spanish subtitles. Toilet paper, Home Depot signs, Kroger, the city bus, etc. etc. etc.
"The number of Hispanic people in the Roanoke metro area increased 65 percent -- faster than the statewide average -- between 2000 and 2006, according to Census Bureau estimates made public today.
The Hispanic numbers were strong enough to match up with BB&T Bank's experience in offering services aimed at Spanish-speaking customers. A.C. McGraw, BB&T's regional spokeswoman, said the bank's two branches in Roanoke that offer specialty services to Hispanics have noted moderate growth in household accounts -- enough to justify continuing the service.
Hispanics now make up 1.8 percent of the Roanoke metro area's population. That's up from 1.1 percent in 2000, making them the fastest-growing minority group." roanoke.com
All I have to say to that is, I TOTALLY saw it coming.
But hell, still, 1.8% doesn't constitute mandatory Spanish subtitling on EVERYTHING to me. Once again, learn the damn language. Subtitles aren't helping anyone.
The thing that annoys me most is the subtitling of simple things. Like on the toilet paper, it actually translates what it is into Spanish. If you can't tell what it is by looking at it, you are fucking stupid and shouldn't be buying something if you can't tell what it is. And I DO wonder how stupid it makes the Spanish speakers feel. If I went to a francophone country and I saw everything subtitled in English (something tells me I will, though), I would feel quite disappointed that they think I can't figure out where the exit is on the bus...you know what I mean?
"No, I don't."
Comments, telling me I'm racist, etc. is welcomed.