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Dr. Donathan L. Brown, (PhD, Texas A&M University) is assistant professor and editor of the Journal of Race and Policy, at Ithaca College. Dr. Brown conducts research at the intersection of race, rhetoric, and public policy, particularly pertaining to African Americans and Latinos. Most recently, his research on the English-only movement and Latino politics in America was presented at the University of Maribor (Slovenia) in conjunction with the World Debate Institute and published in the book, Domestic Policy Discourse in the U.S. and the U.K. in the New World Order. Other research has appeared in the Journal of Race and Policy, The International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, Communication Law Review, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, the Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race, The Closed Border: An Encyclopedia of Anti-Immigration Sentiment in the United States, Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror and the Routledge Companion to Race and Ethnicity.

When English Is Not Enough: Cabrera v. Escamilla

01-Oct-13 by 0Comments
Brown, Donathan-San Luis City Hall

Shifting global demographics continue to produce political discourses on immigration. In the United States, history continues to repeat itself through the forged rhetorical relationship between individuals who speak English and individuals who are considered “American.” As the debate over immigration reform intensifies, so do efforts to regulate/restrict all languages deemed “foreign.” In Arizona, both officeholders and seekers who do not read, write, speak and understand English “sufficiently well” risk having their candidacy revoked. This was the case with former city-council candidate in the southern Arizona border city of San Luis, Alejandrina Cabrera. This essay argues that the political history of Arizona, as it pertains to matters of an English-only society, has historically operated within the restricted parameters of a paranoid style whereby the Cabrera case illustrates its modern metamorphosis.

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