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Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate: “We Speak English”

When I first saw this political ad, I thought it was a joke.

Tim James is running for governor of Alabama. His platform? Only offer government services in English.

As James says, “This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it.”

It pains me to embed his shameful video on my blog, but it’s important to share the ignorance and thinly-veiled prejudice still occurring at top levels of government today.

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6 Responses

  1. jonolan says:

    What’s so “shameful” about an American demanding that all those who wish the privilege of living in our country learn our language?

    Or is it just that he’s White and your own racism clouds your mind?

  2. David says:

    Heads up, jonolan, there’s no official language in “our” country.

    No hay ninguna lengua oficial en los Estados Unidos.

  3. jonolan says:

    Heads up, David. While it’s true that there’s no official language in America, there’s also no reason for anyone to cater to those who refuse to- or are incapable of learning English which is the defacto language of the land.

    It’s simple; integrate or leave. America is a “melting pot” not a “salad bar” or a “cafeteria” with a bunch of alien cultures safely wrapped up in plastic all in a row.

  4. David says:

    Jonolan, maybe having multiple languages on government forms et cetera actually HELPS people from other cultures integrate into society rather than hinders them. If you want a “a bunch of alien cultures safely wrapped up in plastic” then I think attempting to isolate and alienate different types of people the way you and this gubernatorial candidate propose to is the way to go.

  5. Josh says:

    Jonolan, if you want there to be an official “American” language then why english? who actually decided english? wasn’t it those who came to this country from england? if you remember, the puritans were not the first people here. the real “Americans” are the native americans. why don’t we all integrate to their established cultures that have been around far longer than our nation? are we not immigrants refusing to learn their language?

  6. jonolan says:


    Sadly for your position on the matter, you’ve chosen to point out one of the best examples of the potential problems of uncontrolled immigration. 😉

    You might try asking a Native American how he feels about immigration in general and why.

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