How Assimilation Works and Why Latin Americans Aren't Doing It!

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    California is a concentrated example of the time-honored idea that America is an immigrant nation. From its beginnings as a territory through the twentieth century, California comprised a riotous variety of ethnic groups, nationalities, and religions. The whole world, it seemed, was coming and contributing to the state’s ethnic tapestry: Mexicans, Irish, Australians, South Sea Islanders, Italians, Basques, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Armenians, Volga Germans, Filipinos, Hmong, Laotians, Punjabis, Vietnamese. And for a long time, immigration worked, because everyone was expected to assimilate, more or less, to the American paradigm.

    For an example of how that assimilation took place, consider the rural San Joaquin Valley, where I grew up. Since it offered plenty of opportunities to own farmland and to find agricultural work, the valley became a place where the theory of assimilation met the practice. Assimilation didn’t mean that an immigrant had to discard his native culture or language. Indeed, most immigrants took pride in their origins, as evidenced by fraternal organizations, religious guilds, holidays, festivals, recipes, native costumes, and scores of other ways of honoring their homelands. Some, like my Italian grandmother, kept their native tongues and never became fluent in English. Some, like my wife’s Volga German grandfather, never even became citizens. Yet whatever the degree of assimilation, most accepted a fundamental truth: that whatever affection they had for their homes, for their native tongue, or for their old ways and customs, those cultures had in some significant way failed them. Thus they had made a difficult, costly choice: to become Americans. If America’s core principles—such as individual rights, freedom of speech, the rule of law, and religious tolerance—conflicted with those of the old country, then the latter had to be modified or abandoned.

    The choice was hard, at times even brutal. Racism, ethnocentrism, and prejudice could make the work of becoming American notoriously difficult. But people understood that to have a nation composed of immigrants, there had to be a unifying common culture in the public sphere. Transmitting that common culture was the job of the schools. My mother’s mother came from Maschito, an Albanian village in southern Italy. Many Maschitans settled in Fresno, where every year they celebrated the feast of their ancestral village’s patron saint, Santa Elia. But I never heard a word about any of this in school. We were busy learning about George Washington and the Constitution, Valley Forge and the Gettysburg Address, the nation’s history and heroes, its virtues and ideals—and, crucially, those core American principles. It was at school that the immigrant learned American history and celebrated the leaders who had created the country, fought in its defense, and embodied its most cherished values. In short, he learned how to be what he or his parents had freely chosen to become: American.

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    How Assimilation Works by Bruce S. Thornton - City Journal

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    What ever happened to the teaching of American History? It now has to be approved by the head porchsitter at LA RAZA's headquarters for the sensitive ears of Latino children. God forbid they learn that their people are just a bunch of lazy deadbeat dirt scratchers who leech off of the country to the north for charity.
     
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    this country is for all races ,,,we used quotas for that reason,,one year we would take in a million germans - then another year- a million french- then another year - polish - etc. etc. - what is happening now is mexicans by the millions (and others) are taking over sections of states - one race areas - they do not come here to assimilate - we r losing sections of the s.w. - american citizens r warned not to walk into sections of our own country--our wondeful govt. even put signs up warning americans not to go into these areas - in buffalo last march - an illegal raped and murdered a 15 yr. old girl - because of both parties - every state is now a border state with mexico... we should allow as many mexicans who want to come to america to come to work - but they must b registered and be given I. D. - after their job is finished - they must leave our country. reminder - in 07 bush went to mexico and stood next to prez fox and called the minutemen - "vigilantes" - that was when i left the republican party
     
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    Why is it so hard for Mexicans to understand that?
     

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