Greetings all. Today marks the return of our segment "Current Events", where we shed light on the current issue or discussion of the day.
A certain commercial ad aired during Sunday's Superbowl is causing quite a stir of intense discussion and debate.
Here's the video for it. Watch it for yourselves and draw your own conclusion:
As you can see, this video has ignited ALOT of heated discussion.
Which leads us into a very important question:
What is America And Who Are We As Americans?
Since the airing of this ad by the Coca-Cola company, it's single handedly ignited a firestorm of controversy: some arguing in opposition to the ads' overall message and others fiercely supporting it for the very same message. Opponents argue that the ad is in bad taste due to the fact that the beloved song "America The Beautiful" is NOT sung in our national language of English, but instead substituted in certain verses with other non-English speaking languages (Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, etc). This has caused, in their view, a feeling of insult that our national language is not honored as it should be, thereby giving way to the asserting command of #SpeakEnglish. It's a point of frustration that the U.S. is slowly but surely becoming "less American" as far as it's culture is concerned.
Supporters of the ad argues that the intention of the ad wasn't to insult or undermine our universal language of English but to display the diversity and growth of our culture since the foundations of the U.S.
But what do we as All Is Love say about this ad?
We want to make it clear that our mission isn't about making big political statements and expect you to follow what we say. What we are looking for is an honest but civil dialogue. We certainly don't wish for you to agree with us or think that we're going against your personal opinion, because LOVE in it's inner essence is not about changing a person at will with words, but with actions. Actions with great love.
Our stance on the matter is that the United States, in it's essence is a nation of immigrants. Our culture thrives on diversity from food, clothing, music, art, dialogue, customs, etc. While we are supportive of America retaining it's heritage of morals, values, integrity and honor that our founding fathers established, we also believe in the amazing accomplishments that millions of people from all over the world have made in contribution to help define our nation. From the Irish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Pilipino, German, Spanish, Croatian, Peruvian, Salvadorian, Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian, Russian, British, Italians, the list goes on. Looking for a way of escape to find a new life to work for, these immigrants came to our nation to not only build their own American story, but use their gifts and talents through the story of their struggles and tribulations to contribute to the ever changing story of the United States. With that in mind when watching this video, we can't helped but feel deeply touched by it's sentimentality. As much as our older generations has given time and again for these immigrants, how much they sacrificed for them, it's very poignant for us to see "America The Beautiful" sung in different languages. It's as if the saying was "thank you for your service and self-sacrifice to help build our dreams. Now we're here to serve and help build yours."
While we do agree that those who come to this country must learn our language of English (for it's essential as if one must learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country), we have to politely disagree with the notion that there's a specific kind of "American" -- we're ALL Americans in the eyes of God.