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  •  My facebook response to friends who posted (8+ / 0-)

    against the Coke ad:

    Our nation has always been made up of people who came from almost every nation on Earth. Our culture is rich because they brought their cultures with them, languages included, and contributed from their knowledge and backgrounds to continue to build this country.
    That was the point.
    I served in the Navy. Along side soldiers, Airmen/women and Marines, I spent a year at language school learning Arabic mostly from Arabs who had served in their home countries' militaries in order to be able to come here and get their American citizenship. Many of them then served in their new country's, America's, military. Two of them during WWII.
    The reason I don't care about the multilingual Coke ad, I think, is because I studied French in high school and Arabic in the Navy. I'm comfortable hearing conversations that I can't understand.
    And that's the thing... When I hear people, even those I love, complain about foreign tongues being spoken in the United States, it bums me out because I know that most of those who complain in this way are really saying they aren't comfortable hearing something they don't understand or haven't learned, so they complain out of ignorance, really. (And I mean "ignorance" in the sense of being un-knowing, not as an insult. I'm ignorant of Quantum Mechanics and of most every language on the planet.)
    I saw the Coke commercial as celebrating America, where along with our freedoms, our diversity and, to our credit in the face of that, our unity, are among our greatest strengths and most honorable traits.
    I thought that Coke ad was beautiful and among the best ads of the game. I think there is nothing more American than what that ad represents.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Mon Feb 03, 2014 at 12:57:31 PM PST

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