Monday, February 3, 2014

Thoughts on Diversity

America The Beautiful is a very popular patriotic song. It's also traditionally played at naturalization ceremonies - at mine I had to sit through it accompanied by a video highlighting the amazing geographic diversity we have - being such a huge country.

That's probably why Coca Cola chose this particular patriotic song for their Superbowl commercial - which featured representatives of various ethnic and religious communities singing lines of the song... their own languages.

Isn't that gorgeous and beautiful?

Not in everyone's eyes. Some people have objected to the commercial. Why? Because this is America and, dang it, we all speak English here. (Actually, guys, spend some time in England or just watch a few episodes of Doctor Who and you'll realize you really speak a closely-related language, let's call it, I don't know, American).

Brown people singing in brown languages bothers these people. Even if they are doing American things like riding horses, surfing, eating in a diner, ten pin bowling...and, of course, drinking coke. And it bothers me that in this day and age so many people are willing to make racist comments all over the internet.