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Making English the official language would be viewed as hegemony where one language is forced on everyone by virtue of being dominant. This would go against the civil liberties of all other communities in America. To immigrants, this would not be considered a major issue because most of them make deliberate efforts to learn the English language before and after coming to the U.S. However, when considering communities that have been a part of the U.S. from the start, making English the official language would be a form of hegemony and ethnocentrism where one community tries to impose itself on the other. This is largely the reason why Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People was adopted. The languages of the indigenous people should be acknowledged and English should not be imposed on them by making it the official language.
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Surname 2 As it is, English unofficially the ‘official language’ in U.S. It is a uniting tool as pointed out in the English Language Unity Act. However, making it the official language would be a form of hegemony and ethnocentrism.
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