Does prejudice run rampant through the small New York town of Jackson? According to the New York Civil Liberties Union it does. This small New York Town’s English law has groups like the NYCLU up in arms saying that this ordinance does nothing but promote racial bias. Jackson’s new law says that elected officials must conduct all official town business in English. English is the written and spoken law of the land.

Jackson town councilor Roger Meyer proposed the ordinance to combat what he calls “the federal government’s historic failure to enshrine it [English] as America’s official language. Some might ask why a town of only 1700 people and predominately white feel it necessary to wade into such a fierce and polarizing battle. Perhaps that’s exactly the reason. How hard would it be for a town with a more “diverse” population to pass such an ordinace?

Mr. Meyer acknowledges that Jackson isn’t on the precipice of losing its heritage due to a failure of immigrants to assimilate; but he says, “A construction worker doesn’t wear a helmet because he’s never been hit in the head.” He doesn’t want to wait around for something to happen, referencing the failure of so many to assimilate into American culture.

The New York Town’s English law is the latest battle in an ever growing and increasingly volatile immigration debate. Two other New York towns have weighed in on the matter. Argyle has passed a resolution similar to Jackson while Easton will consider one in June.

The NYCLU has asked the Jackson Town board to rescind the order; they’re not likely to get their wish. This law appears destined to end up in court. What do you think of this small New York town’s English law? Is it an instance of racism run amok or is it just one American town’s way of saying enough is enough?