The question of whether to make English the official language of the United States has been debated by politicians for centuries. Professor Donathan Brown, 2017 and 2018 Fulbright scholar and expert on race and official language policy, works to shed light on the issue.
As the Latino population continues to grow in this country (since 2004 it has become one of the largest and fastest growing minority groups), the number of Congressional bills introduced to legislate English as the country’s official language climbs as well. There isn’t currently a federal law on the books, but more than 30 states have adopted English as their official language.
Donathan says that an official language policy is by no means as patriotic as it may appear.