On Tuesday, Joey Sanchez stepped up to the counter of Leon’s Frozen Custard, a 70-year-old Milwaukee staple, and listened to the customer in front of him place his order in Spanish.
The shop is located on the city’s south side, in a neighborhood with a large Hispanic population. Sanchez thought nothing of it.
Then he heard the server’s response.
“She whispered to him in Spanish, ‘I’m not allowed to speak Spanish to you,’ ” Sanchez told TV station Fox 6 Now.
Sanchez was shocked.
So when it came his turn to order, he, too, used his native tongue.
Few places any more do not have answering systems where they ask you if you want the language in English or Spanish. Now this is very annoying to native Americas who are told they have to learn a foreign language rather than immigrates learning our language. I have noticed that some commercials on TV are now keyed to Mexicans.
A few years ago there was another story of a business which had a English only sign and there was the same controversy about speaking only English.
So will the fight continue to reshape America into a nation which bends to everyone else’s desires?