America is the only country where you can come and be given a free interpreter if you refuse to learn English or even pretend that you don’t understand how to speak English. And even though English is not the ‘official’ language, it is spoken and read by the majority of Americans. But since we have so many immigrants who refuse to learn the language, things of this nature are bound to happen.
Police in Georgia tasered 87-year-old Martha Al-Bishara after this woman, who doesn’t speak English, allegedly didn’t comply with orders to drop a knife in her hand. But relatives said she was just cutting dandelions. Cops overreacted.
“You don’t tase an 87-year-old woman,” her great-nephew Solomon Douhne told . He’s a former officer for the Dalton Police Department. “She was not a threat. If anything, she was confused and didn’t know what was going on. It was a ridiculous turn of events. If three police officers couldn’t handle an 87-year-old woman, you might want to reconsider hanging up your badge.”
According to the article, someone called the police on this woman and stated that even though she had a knife, it did not appear as though she was threatening anyone. So, why make the call? But anyway, the cops show up and order the woman to drop the knife, which she does not do seeing as how she cannot understand English. No telling how long she has been in this country. It could have been a few days or a few months or even years, but nevertheless, she did not understand orders spoken to her in English to “Drop the knife.” So, a cop, understanding that the woman does not speak or understand English, pulled out his own knife and dropped it to the ground in an effort to use the ‘copy what I am doing’ version of speaking to this non-English speaking woman. The woman then walked towards the officers, still holding the knife and that is when she was tasered.
As most of us are aware, if you go to many governmental agencies in America; be it The Department of Social Services, The Department of Motor Vehicles, Employment Agencies, etc., you will find instructions in multiple languages and you will also find a notice that states, “If you need interpreter services, they will be offered to you, free of charge.” Even in a doctor’s office, an interpreter can be found to speak whatever language is necessary for the patient to be understood.
Now, if I was to go to say, Belgium, would I find this same scenario? Hell no! I had better either be able to speak Dutch, French or German or I am up shit creek without a paddle. If I was to go to Belarus, could I get by on speaking English? Again, hell no! I had better know how to speak Belarusian or Russian.
So, why is it that people who come to America expect and receive special treatment when it comes to their refusal to learn English? Chances are, I could not go to one of their countries and be treated so ‘exceptionally’ well because even though Americans have been told that they are filled with ‘exceptionalism’, it is actually those who immigrate here who are treated exceptionally well. If you are born and raised here, take a back seat to these foreigners. Our tax dollars are spent on free interpreters for these people. Our tax dollars are spent on forms that contain over 20 different languages for these people to fill out.
Case in point, when I moved to Minnesota and went to The Department of Public Safety to get a Minnesota Driver’s License, I had to produce a valid driver’s license from another state, my birth certificate, my social security card and to prove why my name did not match the name on my birth certificate, I included a copy of my divorce decree. And while I was standing there waiting for the customer service rep to look over my credentials, I could not help but overhear what was going on beside me. There were two women standing at the next station and one was saying to customer service that she was acting as interpreter for the woman who was from Vietnam and who did not speak English. The customer service rep stated that her papers appeared in order and so take her to the exam area where she will then be allowed to take the written test to drive in Vietnamese. Then, my attention is drawn back to the service rep that is helping me and I’m hearing, “We cannot accept a copy of your divorce decree. We need a certified copy of your marriage certificate to prove your name change.” I am stunned, STUNNED, I say. I then explain that my divorce decree has my married name on it which also has the same name as my driver’s license from another state and my Social Security card also has the same name on it. “That is insufficient, “ the rep told me. “We need a certified copy of your marriage certificate. Then you can come back and present that document along with what you have here and then you may take the written exam.”
Seriously???!!! This foreigner walks in and immediately gets to take the written driving exam in Vietnamese while I’ve got to contact the state I got married in and that issued my marriage certificate, pay to have it certified and mailed to me and then and only then, can I go back in an attempt to get my driver’s license in another state of the country that I was born in??!! For the love of !!!! I already had a valid driver’s license and yet someone can come over here from Vietnam, Russia, Belarus, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Poland, Turkey and even Albania and take a test to drive on our roads in their language while those of us who were born here and speak the King’s English, albeit with a southern accent, are sent through hoops, left and right. How many goddamn road signs do you see that are in Russian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Korean, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Czech, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish and the goddamn list is endless. But there I stood, speaking perfect English with a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card, a valid driver’s license from another state and a divorce decree and I had to leave without taking the exam in ENGLISH!
When I went back after having received the certified copy of my marriage certificate, I was standing next to a man from Somalia and he was asking the agent if he could take the written exam again. The agent responded, “You have taken the test 5 times and failed it. You cannot retake it again today. Study more and come back tomorrow.” Again, I was stunned because he was handing him a book with some crazy looking language on it and of course it turned out to be Somali because you see Minnesota gives the written portion of the driving test in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Yeah! Our tax dollars at work while the true citizens of this country always get the shaft especially if you happen to be a descendant of slaves.
Oh, and it gets worse, not only do I take the 32 question exam, I get every question right and the Somali dude is still standing there arguing with the agent while I have to stand and wait until he finishes cussing him out in English and in Somali.
So don’t anyone tell me that foreigners have it hard here because I will call you, “A liar!” They have it better than those of MY complexion and that is for damn sure. And while you’re at it, take a look at the list of states and what languages they give the written driving exam in, you’ll fucking be shocked or maybe, you won’t. Here’s a sneak preview.
MASSACHUSETTS: (25) Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.
MICHIGAN: (13) Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
KENTUCKY: 23) Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.
And so what the cops, I suppose should do, is make sure that they take FREE interpreters around with them to every 911 call to make sure that if it is a foreigner who has been accused of a crime, that they have just the FREE interpreter for that particular foreigner and so let us not whine or complain since that would mean that even more of our tax dollars would be spent to make sure that those who only speak Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Russian, Hungarian, Spanish, Bosnian, Cambodian, Croatian, Thai, French, Farsi, Somali and Italian will understand orders barked at them by the cops to, “Put the knife down!” You don’t comply, you get tasered or shot. As Black folks, the cops usually just dispense with bothering to tase us and just outright shoot us dead. This foreigner got to live to see another day even though she approached cops with a knife in her hand. Yeah! Lady fucking Liberty to the rescue!
No other country on this planet has a better setup for foreigners than America has, so belt up about that bleedin’ shit you’ve been spouting that America is not ‘foreigner friendly’. It is more friendly to them than it has ever been to me and those who look like me! Fuck them!