I am absolutely horrified by this story. Following a commencement speech at a Lousiana high school in which the co-valedictorians thanked their parents briefly in their native Vietnamese, the school board is considering a formal policy that all commencement speeches must be delivered in English. (Reports here and here.)
How ignorant and xenophobic do you have to be to feel threatened by a high school valedictorian wanting to express gratitude to her parents in a few sentences of another language? I am sick and tired of people believing that living in the United States entitles them never to hear any other language spoken besides English. It's simply incomprehensible to me how the school board can claim that this policy is aimed toward inclusivity.
Hue Vo, one of the co-valedictorians, also said in her speech, "Ellender is very diverse. We have many cultures there. They encourage us to be an individual. That’s why I love Ellender. It helped me be an Asian American and not be ashamed of it because no one judged me." Ironic, isn't it?
(Thanks to Angry Asian Man, who expressed his outrage far more eloquently than I can.)