By James Crawford
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We are the ones who care about every American citizen when we do not give them an easy way out, but we say, ‘Become part of America, we love you, we have caring in our heart. ’ (Congressional Record, 1996: H9765) It was a familiar appeal in the 104th Congress. R. 123 may have sounded positive, its means were decidedly not. It included no funding or other means to teach English – only provisions to make life more difficult for limitedEnglish-speakers. In the words of Delegate Robert Underwood of Guam, the bill was ‘all stick and not much carrot’ (Congressional Record, 1996: H9766).
These are nightmarish prospects for the privileged and the powerful, and for those who share their worldview. Notes 1. In chronological order, the Official English states are: Nebraska (constitutional amendment, 1920); Illinois (statute, 1969); Virginia (statute, 1981); Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee (statutes, 1984); California (constitutional amendment, 1986); Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, and South Carolina (statutes, 1987); Arizona, Colorado, and Florida (constitutional amendments, 1988); Alabama (constitutional amendment, 1990); New Hampshire, Montana, and South Dakota (statutes, 1995); Georgia and Wyoming (statutes, 1996); and Alaska and Missouri (statutes, 1998).
Hence the role of US English, in what appears to be a division of labor with FAIR: to use language issues to highlight the cultural costs of immigration, thereby promoting demands for tighter quotas. 11 Over the years it accepted more than $1 million from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation created in 1937 to promote ‘racial betterment’ through eugenics. After working to popularize what it called ‘Applied Genetics in PresentDay Germany’ – the Nazis’ Lebensborn and forced sterilization programs 24 At War With Diversity – Pioneer broadened its focus to support restrictive immigration policies, anti-busing activities, and research into ‘racial’ differences in intelligence.
At war with diversity: US language policy in an age of anxiety by James Crawford