Kathleen Parker says the GOP needs to learn Spanish. I really like this.
Metaphorically, learning Spanish means learning people. Knowing them as human beings, not as statistics on a game board. Recognizing their humanity and finding new ways to talk about immigration that don’t alienate entire swaths of the population.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said it best shortly after the November election: “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”
Exactly. It's not about reluctantly passing immigration reform, or trying to distance yourself from the overtly racist wing of the party in order to win Latino votes. It's about understanding and, gulp, even liking people of Latin American descent. Learning Spanish is the ideal way to do so.
So to all you young Republicans in college, major or double major in Spanish. Everyone will be better off as a result.