This story is completely outrageous and has caused quite a stir in the Charlotte area ths week.
Pledge of Allegiance Spoken In Spanish – WBT TV, Charlotte
The district held its first ever mid-year graduation ceremony at Ovens Auditorium Monday night.
During the ceremony, the Pledge of Allegiance was first read in English and then in Spanish. Many people sat down while it was read in Spanish and did not clap.
CMS declined our request for an on-camera interview Tuesday afternoon, but a school spokesperson said standout Garinger High School student Jose Velasquez led the pledge.
His family emigrated to America and the main reason he was allowed to do a Spanish pledge is so they could understand him. A second reason was sensitivity to Spanish speakers.
I really don’t understand what is going on in this country anymore. And please don’t misinterpret this posting as being “anti-immigrant.” I am not; my family is a family of immigrants. But I sure as hell am anti-ILLEGAL immigrant.
So here is the deal. In all of the history of immigration to the United States, those coming to this nation became “Americans”, learned English to get ahead in our society, and assimilated to our culture — while not losing their own heritage.
Now suddenly, we have to be “sensitive” to those who refuse to respect the history and tradition of this nation???
Isn’t it time that someone start respecting Americans who follow the rules and work hard every day to keep this great country what it is? I have no idea if this student’s family is here legally or illegally. But I’m tired of the bending over backwards to be “sensitive” to those who have no respect for the nation they have come to — and I’m even more tired of our government looking the other way when those coming here are doing so illegally.