Posts Tagged ‘English language’

Who are ‘real’ Americans

“Our great modern Republic.  May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose.”  President Ulysses S. Grant said it well.  It is a blessing to be an American, protected under its flag.

But who are the “real” Americans?  I recently had occasion to ask myself this question.  What is required to be an American?  Is it citizenship?  Is it being born in America, others remaining immigrant Americans?  Are some races, some religions more American than others?  How do we decide who the “real” Americans are?

“Out of many, one”

“The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.  We have but one flag.  We must also learn one language and that language is English” stated President Theodore Roosevelt.  Was he right?  Should the United States have English as its official language?  Would it be discriminatory?  Would (legal) immigrants suffer if English was a required prerequisite for citizenship?  Would immigrants’ children be handicapped in school if they were expected to learn in English?