Do you speak Christian?

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Mason High School is the spitting image of the American melting pot.

It’s a school filled people with various races, different cultures, and a plethora of ethnicities. You would expect that in a school like this, people don’t have to be immersed, but are at least aware of other’s cultures and traditions. That’s right. You would only expect.

I was in biology class the other day, and a few kids were talking in their native Indian language. My lab partner, let’s call him Sam, was observing this conversation.  He approached them. Sam then, after they finished rattling away, asked , “Are you speaking Hindu?”

The students responded in shock,”What?!”

Sam continued, ” I mean are you speaking Hindu?”

I was puzzled. I didn’t know whether to laugh in ridiculousness or to take offense. I immediately signaled Sam to come back.

I then asked him, “Do you speak Christian?” Sam laughed in response.

Though Sam was only off by one letter between the language Hindi and the religion Hindu, there was a big difference.  What Sam said, though it was out of ignorance, was threatening cultural identity and diversity. According to nationonline.org, almost 500 million people speak Hindi world wide. Almost that many people speak English.

America is considered the land of immigration, a melting pot, a painted mosaic.  But what Sam said that day, didn’t embody these principles but only presented close mindedness. A sophomore in High School can’t distinguish between one of the most common languages spoken in the world and one of the most practiced religions. This ignorance only proves that even in Mason, where there are events like the Taste of Mason, promoting cultures and the different nationalities from all around the world, some people are still isolated to the outside world. As a nation of immigrants, it’s our duty to pave the way for cultural awareness.

That day, I asked Sam that question as a joke.

But really, do you speak Christian?

 

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