Essay On Official Language

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In America, talk of language is common and often tense. Opinions about who should speak what language when are everywhere from social media to the confines of my own family. The loudest voice seems to be the one that yells, “If you live in American you should speak American”. Our current political atmosphere is stoking that attitude because the strong opinion of current leading presidential candidates aligns with that sentiment. I feel there is a need to have an official language to maintain order within our growing melting-pot, but declaring English the official language of the United States could possibly create greater racial tension in our country. Indeed, our identity is interwoven with our language. They are knit together so tightly …show more content…
This is the most dangerous and deceiving caveat of English becoming the official language of our country. I expect it will solidify the fear some have of those who are different and it will decrease the tolerance threshold we have for people around us. If we look closely at the current racial tensions within the United States, it is fairly obvious there is a large and loud group of people that haven’t yet honed the skill of empathizing with those who are different from them. When we say English is the official language we fan that flame that confirms conformity is correct and that dignity will only give given once an appropriate level of conformity is …show more content…
Making English the official language of the United States would create more administrative order, unfortunately it would also encourage greater exclusivity within our culture. The United States has always been a hub of culture and diversity -- our identity as a nation is held within our diversity. It would be harmful for our country if the government didn’t acknowledge, and embrace, the different cultures lived within the United States that find their identity in their language. If there is freedom in diversity of language in our country then any language we chose to speak, is

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