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Coca-Cola aired a rather controversial commercial during the SuperBowl featuring the song “America the Beautiful” sung in different languages. Watch the commercial here. The reaction to this commercial has been one of the most polarizing things I have ever seen. There seems to be no middle ground on this issue, because there simply cannot be. Whether Coca-Cola intended this commercial to be so divisive is unknown, but its effect creates further division in America when unity is most needed. One many not see the harm in a simple commercial, but what is being promoted is cultural suicide. This is not so much about a commercial promoting diversity, as it is about a commercial that divides Americans.
First of all, what is multiculturalism? There are usually two different kinds; simple cultural diversity, and multiculturalism forced by policy. The second is what the American left tries to promote in order to become more “tolerant.” However, this idea is predicated on an assumption about American culture, that it must be more diverse. This is a false argument. America is arguably the most culturally diverse nation in the history of the world. People from almost every nation live in the United States, and they bring their culture with them. This has created what many refer to as the “melting pot.” This melting pot has created what we know today as America.
While historically people have brought their culture with them, those people have had to assimilate into the American populace by taking one major step: learning English. Because of the diversity in America, principles that unite other nations do not exist in the United States. There have been two primary uniting principles in America, the idea of freedom, and the English language. The former has been under attack by Progressives for decades, and now the last major uniting principle is being undermined as well.
The undermining of American liberty is an argument for another time. However, the national language is something that must be kept intact. While America has never had an official national language, English has long been the de facto national language, as England was the primary settler of the North American continent (not to forget France and Spain, but England held the area of the United States much more than the former two nations). Any immigrant who arrived here essentially had to learn English in order to survive. People were able to keep their culture, but communication was something that could not be compromised.
Why, all of a sudden, is this division of communication not only okay, but often promoted? A nation cannot survive where its people cannot communicate with each other. This was clearly demonstrated in Genesis chapter 11. Verse 1 (NIV) states: “Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.” This created unity. What they decided to do was to build a tower to heaven to “create a name for themselves.” The story concludes with God coming down and striking the people with different languages to halt the progress of the project. “So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth” (11:8-9).
If you do not believe the Bible, just put that aside for now. Look at it rather as a history than a religious text. This people at the city of Babel were scattered because they could not communicate with each other. The same principle applies to the United States; no nation is exempt from this rule. Theodore Roosevelt understood this in 1907, in a letter he wrote to the president of the American Defense Society. His letter reads the following:
“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
The bottom line is that there has to be a principle or language that unifies the people of any given country. If people want to bring their food, dress, religions etc. with them. That is perfectly fine; in fact, that is what America is all about. But no group can be allowed to immigrate to America without assimilating, namely by learning the language. It is simply illogical for Americans already living here to adapt to those who come here. Would you change your language, food, dress, etc. if an immigrant came to live at your home? Of course not; perhaps you will learn about their culture and take on some of those traits if you see it fit for your life. But generally speaking, it is the duty of the immigrant to adapt to the nation, not the other way around. It’s not racist, it’s just common sense.