Leftists at the University of Maryland have decided that the emergency campus alert system is effectively “racist” because it’s in English.
The current system, one student argues, promotes the “dangerous” belief that English is a superior language and that makes some people feel “inferior.”
Of course, she brings President Donald Trump into the mix, referencing his comments that people should speak English in this country (of course, it’s a reference many people have made, including Teddy Roosevelt).
She linked to an interview Trump gave where he said that “while we’re in this nation, we should be speaking English … whether people like it or not, that’s how we assimilate.” (This is 100 percent true.)
Liyanga de Silva doesn’t particularly care about the truth though. The student writes in the Diamondback, the student newspaper that “English has become the language of power” and that it’s “destructive.”
Being able to speak English, particularly the English spoken in academia or the government, often provides access to higher education, better jobs, socioeconomic mobility and, in this recent case, physical safety. The attitude of people like Trump purposely makes certain aspects of American life inaccessible to those who don’t speak English. It also upholds the incorrect and dangerous mindset that English is a superior language, and those who don’t speak it are inferior. …
When University Police send out alerts in English only, a portion of our campus population may not be able to understand them, and therefore are put in harm’s way. For example, anyone who could not understand the alerts on Thursday would not know that they should not approach the area. While University Police are “researching options around this topic,” according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas, it’s important that we prioritize this issue for the safety of those at this university.
The idea here is that assimilation – encouraging people to share the same language to better facilitate communication, cooperation and, yes, assimilation, is less important than keeping people from feeling bad.