Posted by: husbandandfatheroffour | February 3, 2014

We are proud to be a country of diversity and so multi-cultural! Well of course that was until the Coca-Cola commercial!

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” is what is written on the Statue of Liberty.  While it might not have been originally sculpted to be a symbol of or for immigration that is what it became.  It was a shout out to the world telling everyone to come to America where all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Not anywhere did we say, “But only if you speak English.”

We make such a big deal about whether or not people are speaking English while living here that we don’t even recognize that 95% of the population can speak English “well” or “very well.”  We do not notice that 80% of the population speaks only English in their homes.  How many people realize that the United States doesn’t even have an official language?  Yes we speak English, or should I say American English, and it is common knowledge that is what the biggest portion of our country speaks but why does that mean then all other languages have to be silenced when it comes to putting out ads or commercials because doing so is un-American?  If  you are talking about going to school here, being able to communicate with emergency services, getting a driver’s license, etc. that is one thing in a whole other conversation, but when you start an uproar over a Coke commercial having different ethnic people singing America the Beautiful in different languages then there is something wrong. 

Our country was formed and influenced by many different cultures including Native Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, Polynesians, Latin Americans, and more.  We have pro athletes, singers, and artists who all call the United States home and who are American Citizens but are of different ethnicities.  Our military is composed of around 32% multicultural American citizens.  We are proud to be a country with such diversity and so many different ethnicities.  Well of course that was until the Coke commercial.

“Un-American,” “Horrible,” “Dis-Honorable,” “English, We speak English!”  These plus many, many more negative comments (some so racist or foul mouthed I will not put them on here) are what people are saying.  Why?  Because, they took what some considered another national anthem and sang it in other languages besides English.  That is as far as they could see.  There was no beauty to it at all because of the way they sang it. 

I disagree!  I believe there was as much beauty to it as if they were to have sung it in English.  The beauty is that this is what America is about.  This country is about diversity, many cultures, and freedom.  It is about taking different kinds of people and blending them together to create the greatest country in the world.  It is about having the freedom to sing this song in their native language in a commercial that was going to be seen world wide.  They were telling people from their native countries that don’t speak English and aren’t American citizens just how beautiful America was.  They were screaming to the world “for the tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” that America is that place.  Just because they sang it in a different language doesn’t mean the message was any different, it just wasn’t meant for only Americans to hear.  America is beautiful, our skies are spacious, and God has shed his grace on us. 

So before you decide to criticize or judge something just because you don’t think it is American maybe you should first think about the meaning behind it.  Then perhaps you might just understand how American it really is.


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