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The Language of Love

The recent controversy over the Coca-Cola commercial in which people across this diverse country sang, America the Beautiful, in their native languages has spurred me to write.  As an educator and as an ordained minister, I feel called to point a few things out.

First, the attitude that if you live in America then you should speak the language of the country is a bit skewed.  "America" is vast, consisting of North, Central and South.  The "native" language of this vast land is Native American in its various dialects.  Quite honestly, I only know a handful of people who speak Native American. I come by this knowledge through the privilege of an education in Boston schools, which at the time I went to them were not considered to be the cream of academia.  However, I had amazingly dedicated teachers who informed my awareness that we - those of European roots - were not "native" to this land we call The United States.

To be honest, I think the fact that my ance…