Question is simple.
Question is simple.
Nothing is racist. the question should be is it reasonable.
If by citizens you mean recent citizens as in immigrants, then it depends on how many immigrants? if it's just a few immigrants that can't speak the local common language, then it shouldn't be too much of a problem. however if a country is being overwhelmed by large amounts of immigrants who can't speak the local common language then the natives not only have the right to ask the immigrants to learn the language, but they also have the right to ask the immigrants to leave. only an irresponsible government would allow large amounts of immigrants to be imposed on the natives to begin with.
@cattlebattle: I'm not sure what you're proving? I wasn't referring to immigrants or American Indian tribes, I'm referring to the majority of native-born Americans. How many of them do you think are multilingual? 75% of Americans have no second language, which trails behind much of the rest of the world. For example, in Germany 67% of the citizens speak a second language. A greater % of citizens in Germany speak a third language (27%) than the % in the U.S. who speak a second language (25%). Number of living languages isn't an accurate measure of whether the majority is multi-lingual.
Demanding citizens to "speak" a certain language, would imply there would be punishment if they refuse to "speak" in the said prefered language.
- I would say that is a violation of freedom of expression.
However compulsary learning and compulsary implementation of the standard form of communication for anything related to public dealings, public policies, public services, public announcements, and government correspondence (eg: laws, instructions manuals, regulations, road signage, etc) should be observe to prevent the disenfranchisement and marginalization.
Meaning, all citizens should have the access and opportunity to learn the standard language (native or otherwise - in my country English is not the native language but it is considered as an adopted universal standard of communication (kinda like how the metric system works for physical measurement))
All public communications should be expressed in a standard that everyone can comprehend and understand.
For example, in is unjust to write laws in a manner that only a certain sector of the society could understand.
In what regards? You think they should have to speak it in private or whatever?
I mean I can understand they should speak in when talking to people in public who don't speak their language but if they are talking amongst people that speak their language without any need to speak the local language I don't think they should be forced to speak it.
Yeah, this is a definite no.
Short answer: It is not racist to demand the immigrants to speak the country's official language. It is after all one of the requirements for citizenship.
Long answer: I come from Estonia. We have been conquered by many nations throughout our history and each time the conquerors demanded we learn their language and made that language a mandatory study in the schools. This is one of the reason we have many loan-words from other languages. Now we have our freedom and we have only one official language here, Estonian. Some people who stayed behind from the conquering country however refuse to learn the official language and expect we speak their language instead, the language they forced us to learn. And it's not like they didn't have time, it's been 30 years.
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