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Missing White House Spanish Website Called Discrimination

  • U.S. President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to Marine One upon his departure from the White House in Washington Jan. 26, 2017.

    U.S. President Donald Trump walks from the Oval Office to Marine One upon his departure from the White House in Washington Jan. 26, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 January 2017
Opinion

After Mexico, the U.S. currently has the world's second-largest Spanish-speaking population, making the disappearance of the website even more shocking.

The Mexican Academy of Language has responded to newly-appointed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to delete the Spanish version of the White House homepage, calling it "discrimination."

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“After we realized that the Spanish version of (the website for) the Presidency of the United States of America was deleted, the Mexican Academy of Language expresses its concern for what can only be considered an aggression against the first cultural minority of that country and against a language with presence all over the world,” the academy said in an official statement.

After Mexico, the United States currently has the world's second-largest Spanish-speaking population, making the disappearance of the website even more shocking.

“Silencing Spanish in the official communications of the nation represents a discriminatory act against the millions of Spanish speakers and in particular against the millions of Mexicans living on the other side of our border.”

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The Spanish version of the White House homepage was an initiative launched by former President Barack Obama as soon as he assumed office in 2009.

“The denial of our common language impoverishes the United States and a neighborhood that is determined to grow,” the statement ends.

After just six days in office, Donald Trump’s administration is already considered the most hostile and aggressive U.S. administration in recent history, mainly because of his plan to force Mexico pay for a border wall, whose proposed implementation many Republicans have already acknowledged is unclear.

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