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Assimilation: What Will It Mean for Affirmative Action?

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  1. A.W. says:

    well, let’s not forget the other factor discouraging integration: we have encouraged in them active pride in their old country culture and language. i mean liberals fought hard to give us spanish language voting, driving tests, and so forth and so on, and then we scratch our heads and wonder why assimilation is going so slowly?

    my ancestors were not allowed to speak the language of the old country (excpet for the few englishmen on mother’s side). But many wish to discard completely the concept of a common language and a common culture. and of course the result is self-segregation, from which little good can result.

  2. “If a Latina or Asian-American law school applicant is a member of a group that has largely assimilated, does that mean that she is no different (for purposes of affirmative action) than a first generation Irish-American or Italian-American?”

    Evidence abounds that a LACK of affirmative action (based on race or ethnicity) usually accrues to the benefit of those of Asian descent and reminding me of the great Ronald Reagan’s reported response (while California’s governor) to the claim that admittance to Berkeley solely based on individual performance might result in a solely Asian student body: “So what?”

  3. Jd says:

    “They would point to continuing discrimination and evidence of implicit biases against Latinos and Asian-Americans”

    There was lots more discrimination against Jews and Italians 100 years ago, and almost no civil rights laws, but that didn’t stop them from assimilating.

    And what exactly IS the justification for giving affirmative action preferences to light-skinned Hispanics, but not, say, dark-skinned Arabs?

  4. So is the underlying fact to why other races will be able to assimilate and African Americans won’t is simply skin color??

  5. Nah, it’s just that admitting that they’ve assimilated means having to end affirmative action, and since affirmative action can never end, blacks can never have assimilated. Even if they have.

    You’ve got to avoid taking these sort of arguments too seriously, they’re just rationalizations.

  6. Joseph Slater says:

    In all honesty, if the Borg start assimilating us, we’ll have more pressing problems than revising affirmative action policy.

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