Thursday, March 20, 2008

Let them eat Steak

Joe Vento

In a 2 to 1 vote the Human relations panel of Philadelphia found that the owner of a famous cheesesteak shop did not discriminate when he posted signs asking customers to speak English, a city panel ruled Wednesday.

Joe Vento owner of Geno’s posted signs in October 2005 which were challenged by some who felt that Mr. Vento violated the city’s ordinances against discrimination.

Commissioners Roxanne E. Covington and Burt Siegel voted to dismiss the complaint, finding that the sign does not communicate that business will be "refused, withheld or denied."

Now the larger issue is this, how can a country whose motto is E Pluribus Unum forget that its responsibility is not to accommodate each and every foreign citizen with comforts of the countries from which they’ve abandoned by coming to the United States for hopes of a better life?

On the contrary this country’s responsibility is to accommodate all citizens by helping them assimilate into the American way of life.

The fact that there was even the need for such a sign, that the sign was challenged and that a city panel had to hold a hearing concerning its posting is an indication that America has lost its way.

Joe Vento should be praised for fighting for the American Dream. What else does, “Out Of Many, One”, mean if it doesn’t mean that from where ever you hail, from what ever ethnicity or country that you come from, join us in America and share our common experience which begins as it always has as long as immigrants have arrived to these shores by learning our ways and speaking the language that we all hold in common, English!

If E Pluribus Unum doesn’t mean that, then ultimately the American experience will become Balkanized and it will be no better than the countries that many of you fled to escape from.

Thank you Joe Vento for your insight, helping us all to understand the true creed of our country!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:45 PM

    I can understand how you Rastas would be unhappy about having steak on the menu, much less not being able to order your mangoes and cocoanuts in Patois or Yoruba.

    Good Read!