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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:16 AM
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Gingrich: When I Said ‘Language Of Living In The Ghetto,’ I Meant Hebrew
Open mouth, insert foot, again and again and again...

http://thinkprogress.org/2007/04/03/gingrich-ghetto-spa... /

Gingrich: When I Said ‘Language Of Living In The Ghetto,’ I Meant Hebrew

Newt Gingrich said this past weekend that the U.S. should abolish bilingual education so that people aren’t speaking “the language of living in a ghetto.”

But last night on Hannity & Colmes, Gingrich claimed his statement “did not refer to Spanish.” Gingrich insisted, “What I meant is very clear,” but then wouldn’t say which language he was referring to.

Gingrich said, “Now, I’ll let you pick — frankly, ghetto, historically had referred as a Jewish reference originally. I did not mention Hispanics, and I certainly do not want anybody who speaks Spanish to think I’m in any way less than respectful of Spanish or any other language spoken by people who come to the United States.”

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Gingrich made his comments in the context of bilingual education. Overwhelmingly, that means English/Spanish education. Peter Zamora, co-chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition, understood what Gingrich meant: “The tone of his comments was very hateful. Spanish is spoken by many individuals who do not live in the ghetto.”

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COLMES: You spoke over the weekend to the National Federation of Republican Women. You’re quoted as having said, The American people believe English should be the official language. And then you went on to say that people should learn the language of the country and not the language of living in a ghetto, referring to Spanish. Is that your definitive comment or was that a misquote? Were you not properly quoted?

GINGRICH: Well, that did not refer to Spanish. The point I made was that we ought to have a program of intensive education so that every person who comes to America learns English as rapidly as possible. And I’ve talked to experts who believe that an intensive program, young people could learn to be relatively fluent in four to six months, and older people could learn in a year.

COLMES: What do you mean language in the ghetto?

GINGRICH: What I meant is very clearly, Alan. I’ll let you pick the right word for me. We should not have a program which traps people into not being able to speak English by failing to teach them the language that is the prominent language of prosperity, the dominant language of government, the dominant language of politics. Now, I’ll let you pick — frankly, ghetto, historically had referred as a Jewish reference originally. I did not mention Hispanics, and I certainly do not want anybody who speaks Spanish to think I’m in any way less than respectful of Spanish or any other language spoken by people who come to the United States.

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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:17 AM
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1. ?
:rofl:
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:21 AM
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2. Oy vey!
:evilgrin:
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:25 AM
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3. The language of the "ghetto" among Jews was Yiddish. . .not Hebrew.
Gah, what an ignorant asshole that Newt is.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:30 AM
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5. Well, we all know . . .
Those damn Hebrew kids, speaking their Yiddish slang, and tagging buildings with that 7WD thingie, are just incorrigible, and I'm glad that someone finally has the guts to call them out on it. Nominate Newt! Nominate Newt! Go Republicans!

Or just go. That would work for me, too.
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:37 AM
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9. Gingrich didn't say "Hebrew," in that clip, so that may have been the article writer
trying to be, in his opinion, clever.

Gingrich was dancing like a desperate bear, there, wasn't he?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:27 AM
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4. HAHAHAHA!!! He's alienated a large voting bloc
before he's even declared.

Plus, he's displayed even more ignorance to another large voting bloc. Yiddish was the language of the ghetto. Hebrew is the language of freedom in Israel.

He's a typical southern, ignorant, right wing, elitist moron.
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:30 AM
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6. Ah Newt - you go too far over the top
*which is sorta amusing b/c its so predictable to see when you have just stepped into it* and then have to follow it with weak and even more amusing denials and clarifications.

Rinse, lather, repeat...
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:31 AM
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7. Heckuva job, Spewt!
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:35 AM
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8. Newt opens his mouth to remove his foot and inserts other foot. Please tell me he will join the
presidential race. I need the laughs.
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woodsprite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:37 AM
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10. Jewish Ghetto? Never seen one.
Edited on Tue Apr-03-07 10:38 AM by woodsprite
But I know alot of people at my MIL's Synagogue would get a laugh out of that comment.

Let's see. I guess Newter would consider my upscale middle-class neighborhood a ghetto then because my neighbor's family speaks Farsi, and we have at least one family each in the neighborhood (out of 30 homes) that speak Arabic, Hindi, Norwegian, "Hebrew", German and Chinese.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:44 AM
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11. Damned Hispanics, always babbling in Hebrew.
Nothing I hate more than getting a menu on the phone, that says, "Press 1 for English, Press 2 for Hebrew".

:rofl: :rofl:

Press 3 for West Virginiaish, Press 4 for New Englandish.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:51 AM
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12. Oy, what a schmuck
Hebrew/Yiddish is the language of the ghetto that we've got to be wary against?

So if I'm schlepping something heavy for some poor schlmazel who hurt his tuckus, I'm all ghetto now?

TlalocW
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:53 AM
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13. Don't choke on your shoelaces, you moran.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 10:53 AM
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14. Republicans--hand 'em a rope or a shovel
so much easier. :rofl:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 11:20 AM
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15. I hope Newt has a good chiropractor.
He's going to need a lot of help after all the contortions to try and extricate himself from this one.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 11:48 AM
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16. newt should use wiki or a good dictionary
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barrio
Barrio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghetto
Ghetto - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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