By: the CNM Chronicle Editorial Board
One of the best things about the state of New Mexico is the cultural diversity, including the cultures that take pride in their native tongues and regional dialects.
In the article, “Student speaks out about Whole Foods incident” the Chronicle talked to student Bryan Baldizan about his experience with cultural and lingustic discrimination in the workplace.
Baldizan is a bilingual citizen, offering more than many people can in the form of communication. Speaking in English and Spanish, he uses his ability to communicate with different people, and to remember who he is and where he comes from, which would usually be considered a benefit to most employers.
Whole Foods has disappointed many with this complete disregard for a culture so important to New Mexican history.
New Mexico respects and recognizes Spanish as a big part of our establishment as a state. Schools offer bilingual classes, we hold events and activities centered on cultural history, and many families know the importance of keeping these traditions alive.
English is not the only American way. The American way is full of different paths and different success stories. Embracing diversity makes our nation stronger, and encourages people from all backgrounds to rise up to success, in the work place and outside of it.
Our country does not have an “official” language, at least not at the federal level. The contention here is that these workers are not allowed to casually speak Spanish to one another. It’s not as if they don’t know English; they do. The importance of heritage, tradition and diversity needs to be recognized, especially in the workplace.