[lit-ideas] Re: speaking of libraries in the United States of Earth

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 01:36:38 +0100

Monday, August 8, 2005, 12:42:56 AM, Mike Geary wrote:

MG> Yost the Host:
>> You should take a tour of New York City's lovely Bronx. Our "Little
>> Colombia" alone has hundreds of thousands who cannot read English.

MG> So?  I don't understand your problem with that.

I still don't really understand the situation -- hence my question to

>>>OK I give in, I admit ignorance.  Why don't they speak English?

which I'll rephrase.  I meant "why (how come) they *can't* speak
English" but I'll add "read".  Is New York so segregated that people
(other than old-fashioned stay-at-home-mainly not-born-here
considerably-older Muslim women) can actually live there, as opposed
to visiting, and cope without knowing English?

And what about US citizenship policies (knowledge of the Constitution
etc.; we've brought some of that stuff in)?



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