I just got back from watching the Monday Night Football game featuring the Eagles vs. the Cowboys. During the second half they played two commercials celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This is the second year in a row that the NFL has decided to celebrate Latinos with ads that are targeted to this specific demographic (Not to mention ESPN Deportes TV and Radio).

I don’t begrudge the NFL from trying to expand its audience but this time I feel they went out of bounds. Both commercials were completely in Spanish with English subtitles.

This highlights the real tragedy; Latinos are so far outside the mainstream without a care to learn English that the media and corporations are forced by those Latino groups to cater for their dollars with bilingual and Spanish-only ads.

It seems a large portion of this demographic is so against learning English that liberal groups have forced governments and society at large to make the rest of the country meld into Latino Culture instead of the other way around. I remember reading about a person who was more then qualified for a Florida state job but didn’t get it because she didn’t know Spanish.

It doesn’t bode well for a country to have two separate faces and cultures. Every time this has happened the country did not survive.

What is it with these Heritage Months anyway? They only serve to drive wedges into society. You celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month and so on but ask yourself this; If some group tried to celebrate White History Month how would other groups react? Once you do you’ll understand just how discriminatory this tact is for the rest of society.

Here’s an idea: How about we celebrate American Heritage/History Month?
The sooner we get around to referring to each of us as JUST Americans instead of other_country-Americans the better.

I think this sums up my point quite well:

There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.
This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.
But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic.
The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.

Theodore Roosevelt
Addressing the Knights of Columbus in New York City
12 October 1915

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