Quotation by Barbara Ehrenreich

There can be no more ancient and traditional American value than ignorance. English-only speakers brought it with them to this country three centuries ago, and they quickly imposed it on the Africans—who were not allowed to learn to read and write—and on the Native Americans, who were simply not allowed.
Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "Language Barrier," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1989, repr. 1991).
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