English Only Never Works

Nurses in central California have sued and won a case against English-Only discrimination in their workplace.

In the Center for Place, Culture and Politics seminar a few weeks ago, Bill Fletcher, came in and spoke about how racism in the US is inherently tied into American foreign policy and thus American immigration policy. And I, like most of the seminar’s participants, agreed with him.

Then I wondered why this isn’t always the way that we talk about racism in America, and especially now, what with all the anti-immigrant/racist things going around. Anti-immigrant fervor isn’t very different from racism. And although the permutation of this racism is inadvertently structural and institutional, aka immigration reform. We still gotta call it what it is.

In light of the contemporary climate of colorblindness and “diversity,” I’m happy that these nurses can claim this win.

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