I often question what it means to respect, to respect yourself, to respect others to respect those you care about and those who truly mean nothing to you at all. Today I woke up to find something that truly devastated me not because of the action but what was implied. Today I remember all those people who told me to give him a chance and of course I speak about our president. A man who today stood in front of millions and said that our nation is a nation where we speak English. And although the statement may not seem controversial at first and is, in fact, accurate, since we do in fact speak English, we also speak a whole gamut of other languages. Today I feel the same way I felt when I found out that Trump had been elected as president, today I fear what is and what will be. Something so simple as removing the Spanish page of the White House can seem so hurtful and so disrespectful. It was a resource that affected no one and created inclusion for so many. In his campaign, Trump states he cared about Hispanics, blacks, and all minorities but apparently not enough to respect these minorities languages and what these languages mean to them. However, it does not come to my surprise that he would try and rip a source of pride so profound as is the language of an individual. A source that connects so many, deeply to his or her culture. I understand the need to speak English in the USA and I am highly in favor for those who do not speak the language of taking time to learn. However, no one should ever make an individual feel his language should be hidden, as I myself have felt today. This is part of what I contribute to society, this is part of what gives me more value that I already possess. Being bilingual is not an opportunity but a blessing. I have the opportunity to learn and be a part of different cultures all connected by one common language. As many others may feel, this is what I carry with me from my home, as well as the want and need to create a better life for myself, should not make me suppress that which is rooted deep inside me.
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