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Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh Jeez, here goes David Duke again….

So, the gist of the story is Geno’s, a famous Philadelphia Cheesesteak Eatery, posted a sign “This is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING PLEASE SPEAK ENGLISH.” Some protestors want Joey Vento, The owner of Geno’s, to take the sign down. After approaching the Pennsylvania government, the protestors were told that the sign is an example of free speech.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13272368/

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,198757,00.html

So, now I will get into my rant. Are you freakin’ kidding me? Isn’t this sign just stating the obvious? If you walk up to the counter at Geno’s and I order “banh mi thit voi pho mat wiz va hanh” what do you expect the man at the counter to do? By the way, that is my phonetical version of “steak sandwich with cheese wiz and onion” in Vietnamese.

It really disappoints me that in this FOXNEWS article, that the word racism is used to define this situation. Race has nothing to do with language. Nothing. However, it does not surprise me that the director of Juntos, a Hispanic neighborhood organization, tries to make this into a racist statement. The sign might be rude and th4e owner might be

I personally believe that the store owner should be able to post this sign. If he wants the line to do the wave before every order, then he should be post a sign saying this also. It might be bad for business, but it is his freakin’ business.

Anybody else want to chime in?

13 Comments:

  • is this really even newsworthy???
    How many people have traveled to foreign countries? Do you expect them to speak your language or do you either point at what you want or try to speak the native language? Why is it out of the question to expect people who come here to LIVE not just visit to at least learn enough of the official language of their new home to at least order a fucking sandwich. When do we get to start posting stop signs in spanish too. I would hate for someone to cause an accident and kill somebody because they couldn't understand the sign (which some minority group's lawyer would probably use to get them off)

    don't confuse me with "Dillon the racist" I have traveled quite a bit and my parents even live in a foreign country. They have struggled to learn the native language and do not expect anyone to speak english. They are greatful to find people who do speak english and help them when they have real issues, but they are trying which I think is all that the guy at Geno's wants too.

    jsr

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 AM  

  • What the hell, I just read my original post, and I completely forgot to finish one of my paragraphs.

    Oh well, you get the point.

    Pesaroso, estas un desgracia.

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 9:17 AM  

  • Jeff,

    I find this very newsworthy. 1st amendment vs 14th amendment.

    Go #1......

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 9:33 AM  

  • i fail to see how the 14th ammendment comes into play here. I believe the 14ht has to do with equal application of laws. What law is being applied unequally here?

    Also the 14th as stated in section 1 only applies to US citizens. I think speaking English should be a requirement of citizenship. I believe it is part of the naturalization process. The test is only given in English isn't it? In which case we are talking about defending the rights of non-citizens, does the Contstitution apply to them?

    This isn't some gross act depriving some person of their life or liberty. It may mean that if you can't say "CHEESESTEAK" you can't eat at Geno's. I am sure they will survive without it so don't try to make this into something its not.

    By Blogger jsr, at 9:54 AM  

  • Jeff,

    While, I obviously side with you, I can see the other side as well. The 14th amendment or the equal protection clause, was designed to prohibit discrimination.

    While it is a very weak argument, I can see where someone not speaking English, could say that they were discriminated against because they could not get a philly cheesesteak at Geno’s. I think this thought is ridiculous.

    You do not have to speak English to be a U.S. citizen, in fact you do not have to be able to even speak. However, you do have to be able to read, write, and speak English during the Naturalization test (I am not sure how they handle deaf or mute people).

    The reason that I posted this was to show the absurdity of the request to remove the sign.

    By Anonymous Dillon, at 10:51 AM  

  • I do agree that it is the right of the business owner to post such a sign. This is the beauty of capitalism he can post the sign and if enough people disagree he will lose business and eventually close. I spent six weeks in Spain in college so I can say if you are going to another country order in their language, that is what I had to do, if you can't well guess what you are not going to eat at Geno's.

    While this is not something I would do, if I owned my own business I can understand both sides of the argument. Also for deaf and mutes, they do have a language called brail that they would use to take the naturalization test.

    We don't have a national language in this country that is why we can't require people to learn the language here, we need to get one then we can tell them to learn the language.

    By Anonymous schilling, at 2:53 PM  

  • Oops, I meant Blind not deaf in my last post, of course for deaf they use the universal language of sign language- I would believe mutes would as well, but I don't know about that.

    By Anonymous Schilling, at 2:55 PM  

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