Valedictorian gives commencement speech in Spanish

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    His choice.
     
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    Just his choice? Really?
     
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    What more do you want? The kid earned the right to address his fellow students, he earned the right to say damn near anything he wanted. He chose to do it in Spanish. He wanted to do it in both English and Spanish, he was told there would not be enough time, he chose Spanish. He made the grades, he earned his place, he made the choice.

    Forgive me if I am not bothered by his choice. Forgive me if I am not bothered by his taking advantage of one of the greatest freedoms our country provides. Freedom of choice.

    There are bigger things in this country to worry about than a high school graduate's decision to give his valedictorian speech in Spanish.

    Rather than make an issue of his choice, we should applaud his achievement and the fact that he probably go on to college and become a responsible, contributing member of society.
     
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    Ok, your 'he can say anything he wants' argument is simply not logical (neither is the "there are bigger things to worry about" bit). Leaving that aside, you don't find any problem with an AMERICAN high school commencement speech being given in Spanish or the fact that a portion of the audience would have to be expected not to understand what he was saying? Before you get all bent out of shape, I'm just posing the question, not pushing any one conclusion.
     
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    38% Spanish. What of the other 62% that were left clueless to the address? They didn't earn a right to understand an address at THEIR graduation?
     
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    Immigration benefits both political parties, Republicans for cheap labor, Democrats for future votes. America, maybe as many countries, has always wanted "cheap labor," first it was slaves, and indentured servants, then immigrants, and when the Irish stopped coming the country reached out to other areas of cheap labor, all the time lamenting and wailing about the types people coming into the United States, seems they weren't American and didn't even speak English.
     
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    Had the student said God or Jesus, his mic would have been cut, and security would have escorted him from the stage. So there is no issue of freedom of choice or even freedom of speech.

    He will probably go on to college, major in chicano studies and be another unemployable graduate.
     
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    As much as conservatives would like it, we have no official language. The kid earned valedictorian and in this country is free to give his address in the language of his choice
     
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    Every non spanish speaker should have stood up and walked out. Or even exercised their own freedom of choice and shouted him down.

    Or, we could just change the national motto to "I don't understand you". Had the address been given in German or Russian there would most likely have been a LOT of hisipanic complaints.
     

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