The Issue of Assimilated Immigrants
Much to the relief of many of you, today’s post is going to be short and to the point. As an added bonus, I am not going to mention Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton today. Instead, and because I’m a little lazy, I am just going to introduce you to a four-part series about immigration that I have been working on for some time now and that I will be publishing next week. One of the most frequent comments I hear or read about the immigration debate is that immigrants should assimilate.
Well, I hate to disappoint you, that is not the case. To the chagrin of some of you, I am going to layout, with facts, why this notion of assimilation is, well, plain wrong. So get your pitch forks ready, rally up the Trump brigade (yes, I know I promised I wasn’t going to mention Donald Trump, but I couldn’t help it) and get ready to rumble about the notion of assimilated immigrants.
As you likely know, cultural assimilation is the fusion, or the integration of an ethnic minority into the dominant culture. Many of the comments I hear revolve around the notion that immigrants, especially Mexicans, refuse to assimilate into the US culture. I am sure some of you have noticed that I do not use the term “American” to describe the US, because it is my opinion that the prevalence of using the term “American” to describe the US, or its inhabitants, is egotistical because the Americas is a continent and as such, Americans encompass many countries, including the United States, and yes, Mexico, much to the horror of some of you.
But I digress, the notion that immigrants should assimilate is based on a faulty logic that is perpetuated by an egotistical narrative that ignores history and is perpetuated by a minority intent on keeping a self-serving narrative going.
A few months back I started writing an essay about the notion of assimilation. I had intended to share some quick thoughts with a group on an online platform that engages on geopolitical discussions. Well, the quick essay morphed into a full-blown essay as the discussion heated up due to some things I was pointing out. I was challenged with proving my thesis. Because of that, the essay has evolved, and I have decided to share it with you as I finish up on some leads I am working on. Once I have published the four parts, I will make it available as a white paper version as a PDF download.
I can feel the rising heat of emotions boiling over so take a deep breath, and prepare to rebut my comments next week. For now, enjoy your weekend and be prepared to rumble next week, because, I promise you, I am not holding back. But, please direct your anger at me, and not on the other individuals that would like to offer their opinion in the comments section.