This guy in Philadelphia wants to make a stand, which I happen to think is a good idea. We need to make English our national language. Of course, the people in charge evidently want there to be a language problem because they're trying to bully him into taking his sign down. These politicians and and people in charge know they can bully and threaten you into doing whatever they want, regardless of whether we have free speech.
Like I said the other day, it's okay for the minorities to blatantly discriminate and people either turn the other cheek or the minorities sick their watchdogs on you. If a non minority tries to make a stand, then the shit hits the fan. Do you really want our nation to become new mexico or whatever? If not, you need to make a stand.
Philly officials eye eatery’s English-only sign
City agency expected to file complaint against cheesesteak owner’s effort
PHILADELPHIA - City officials are expected to file a complaint Monday against an English-only ordering policy at Geno’s Steaks, one of Philadelphia’s best-known cheesesteak joints that has entered the national immigration debate.
Situated in a South Philadelphia immigrant neighborhood, Geno’s has posted small signs telling customers, “This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’”
“We’re alleging that the sign itself is enough of an unwelcoming message that it may violate the Fair Practices Act,” Rachel Lawton, acting executive director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Owner Joseph Vento, 66, whose grandparents struggled to learn English after immigrating from Sicily in the 1920s, said he posted the sign about six months ago amid concerns over immigration reform and the increasing number of customers who could not order in English when they wanted Philly’s gooey, greasy specialty — fried steak, sliced or chopped, in a long roll, with cheese and fried onions.
“They don’t know how lucky they are. All we’re asking them to do is learn the English language,” said Vento. “We’re out to help these people, but they’ve got to help themselves, too.”
The traditionally Italian community near Geno’s has become more diverse over the decades. Immigrants from Asia and Latin America have moved in, joining longtime residents and young professionals seeking reasonably priced rowhouses. In the past 10 years, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 Mexican immigrants — many of them here illegally, community leaders say — have settled in South Philly.
Vento said his staff is glad to help non-native speakers order in English and has never turned someone away because of a language barrier.
The Inquirer also quoted Mary Catherine Roper, a spokeswoman for the American Civil Liberties Union, who said Geno’s “has a right to express its opinion, however offensive. ... But there are specific limitations on places of public accommodation, because they are supposed to be available to everyone.”
A city councilman quoted in the paper said the signs were “divisive and mean-spirited.”
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