Lessons in ESL
I’m still a Pepsi person, but Coke made me look at them a little different.
Last night during the Super Bowl, Coca Cola aired a commercial that has many people crying foul. I refuse to highlight the comments because there are plenty of places online that captured the outrage. I believe that in America we have freedom of speech (test question #6 in the practice exam) so people are entitled to think and say what they wish. There are enough places to see the hateful comments. I don’t and won’t post them here.
The song, America The Beautiful, was inspired by an English teacher, Katherine Lee Bates, during a period of time that she spent in Colorado teaching a short summer session in 1983. So inspired by the sights she saw during her trip, she wrote a poem to capture her feelings. After some revisions, the song became one of the most patriotic songs in the country.
During Naturalization ceremonies, this song is sung as we welcome new citizens to the country. My Cub Scouts are also learning this song because it helps to instill civic pride as well as learn a piece of history.
Immigrants are inspired by “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. They travel to America so they can too see the beauty that is America.
Coca Cola did air a commercial of people speaking “American”. The melting pot (or salad bowl as I have heard recently) that is this country allows for Coke to show that as a country, we are beautiful and Coke is one of those things that makes this country beautiful.