Dual Language SchoolsDual Language: A Call to Action

07/2018
Author Photo: Dr. José L. Medina

By: Dr. José L. Medina

Founder and Chief Educational Advocate at Dr. José Medina: Educational Solutions
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August 2016 in Colorado:

"You, your kind. You're the one that give brown people a bad name. Just want to fuckin' get something for nothing. Speak English bitch. This is America. Down with Mexicans that don't learn the language of the world."

These are the words of woman in a parking lot as she encounters a Latina returning to her car.

June 2015 in New York:

"When México sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And, some, I assume, are good people."

These are the words that Donald Trump used as a launching pad for the presidential race.

Crime

June 2018 - A Personal Example in Maryland:

On a recent flight from Houston, headed back home to the Washington, DC area (BWI Airport), I had an encounter with an elderly White man. He was traveling with his wife and seemed frustrated because the late evening flight had already been delayed two times.

When we landed, I stood up, grabbed my carry-on suitcase and computer bag, and stood in the aisle ready to exit the plane. The man stood, put one leg into the aisle and pushed me back to make room so that he could stand. I breathed. I took a step back to make room for him.

As he was exiting the plane he turned to his wife and stated, "It's probably the Mexican's first time on a plane."

My face.

Red.

I want to scream.

I want to hit.

I don't.

I breathe, again.

I exit the plane and once we get to the gate and away from the rest of the passengers, I tap the man's shoulder and introduced myself.

"Hello, sir. My name is Dr. José Medina. I know that you must be tired, especially when there have been flight delays. But, I wanted to let you know that I overheard what you said about my being Mexican and not having traveled before. I just wanted to clarify that I travel extensively. Actually, I travel too much. But, I cannot complain because I have the privilege of serving schools and school districts around the United States and internationally, who offer dual language programs." I handed him a business card, wished both he and his wife a good night, and walked towards the terminal exit."

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