The thread that I started recently, “Spanish in the kitchen
,” has provoked many negative responses. The discussion quickly became a racial issue. I’ve been labeled as a “bigot” and a “racist,” which can’t be further from the truth. I think I have done more than my share of explaining myself and where I stand. But some people were still adamant in continuing to be defensive about making this about race. I was repeatedly attacked, and my main question was ignored since people were so busy misconstruing my message. I’d like to continue this discussion in a civil manner, not bringing RACE into the discussion…but focus on the LANGUAGE aspects. If you still want to continue believing that I am a racist (which is an opinion, not a fact), feel free to do so. You are entitled to your opinions, and those opinions about me being a racist already have been stated in the previous thread.
I mean…the “Spanish speakers” I mentioned in the previous thread could have been people of an Asian background. There are Asians that have lived in Spanish speaking countries that are more comfortable with Spanish than English, you know? And my belief remains the same, that the responsibility should not lie on the natives (of whatever country) to master a foreigners’ language. I don’t know how I can be a racist towards myself since I’m Asian (with loads of Asian pride).
Knowing another language or two opens more doors and broadens horizons. But I think it should be a choice, and not a requirement. The point I was trying to make in the last thread was that I think it is unfair that some companies require applicants to be bilingual. I understand that for certain positions, fluency in another language is crucial. But requiring one to be fluent in a foreign language in order to have effective communication with fellow colleagues (who don’t speak the native language) is what I disagree on.
Please don’t continue to make this about race. I mean, I have close friends that are Latino who I love dearly. If I were a racist, I wouldn’t even associate with anyone of whatever ethnic group I was racist towards.
So I’d like to hear more if anyone else has anything further to say without making this discussion about race (again). And if this continues to be an attack regarding race, the thread is going to be locked again. Please focus on the actual topic I was trying to discuss (LANGUAGE, NOT RACE) and not misconstrue it into something way off topic. Thank you.