Penn prof: “Speak English” sign like Jim Crow era – Full Article
By Michael Matza
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER A hearing was expected to continue into the evening on whether Geno’s Steaks owner Joey Vento discriminated against non-English speaking patrons by posting an “Speak English” sign at his South Philadelphia shop.
The Rev. James Allen, the chairperson of Commision on Human Relations, was the first witness to testify late this afternoon, followed by University of Pennsylvania professor Camille Charles.Charles, a professor of sociology, said the number of foreign-born residents living in the South Philadelphia neighborhood near Geno’s grew more than 200 percent between 1980 and 2000.
Hearing today over cheesesteak sign – Full Article
December 14, 2007 — The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is holding a hearing today on that English-only sign at a landmark cheesesteak joint.
Geno’s owner Joey Vento put up a sign that reads, “This is America: When ordering please speak English.” The city’s commission says there is probable cause that Geno’s violates the Fair Practice Ordinance Act, which means the sign could make a customer feel unwelcome.