The lobbying of the u.s english movement since 1983: a campaign via the media in quest of national unity
par Victoria Riposseau
Université de Nantes - Maitrise IRT Anglais 2010
45 1. Will Latin American migrants bring with them thetradition of the mordida (bribe), the lack
of involvement in public affairs, etc.? What in fact are the characteristics of Latin American culture, versus that of the United States? See Harrison`s Washington Post article in the September 3 packet.
50 3. Will Blacks be able to improve (or even maintain) their position in the face of the Latin onslaught? (See Graph 3)
60 7. Is there a difference in the rates of assimilation between Asians and Latins?
65 10. Is assimilation a function of the educational and economic level of immigrants? If so,
what are the consequences of having so many ill-educated people coming in to low paying jobs?
11. We`re building in a deadly disunity. All great empires disintegrate, we want stability. (Lamm)
70 12. Enclaves lead to rigidity. (Hardin)
13. The theory of a moratorium: the pause in immigration between 1930-1950, combined with the assimilating experience of fighting side-by-side in the trenches in World War II, gave us a needed pause so that we could assimilate the mass of people who came in the early years of the century. Do we again need such a pause?
75 14. Concerning the moratorium, here are some phrases that could be used: "The pause that
refreshes." "A seventh inning stretch." "Take a break, catch-up, eliminate a backlog, take a breather."
15. Perhaps mention should be made of Pacific Bell`s move to install completely separate Spanish and Chinese language phone systems in California (see May 27 packet).
80 16. Novak`s term "unmeltable ethnics" is probably better than some of the others that have been suggested. Similarly, ethnicity is a more acceptable term than race. It should also be noted that 50% of all Hispanic surname people on the census forms designate themselves as White. So perhaps we should speak of Hispanic Whites and non-Hispanic Whites, to further diffuse the issue. Is Anglo a better term that White? LANGUAGE IS VERY important here.
85 III. Conservation and Demography
1. What will be the effect on the conservation movement, which has drawn its support in the past from other than the minorities, and which has relied on the political power of the majority to pass legislative measures? As the people that groups like the Sierra Club represent go into opposition (minority political status), will many of the things they`ve worked for be
90 lost because the new majority holds other values?
100 6. On the demographic point: perhaps this is the first instance in which those with their pants
up are going to get caught by those with their pants down!
7. Do you agree with Teitelbaum`s statement, "International migration has now become an important point of intersection between the different demographic profiles of developing and developed countries"? (Fear of Population Decline, p. 134--see also pp. 111-115.)
105 IV. Jurisprudence
115 b. Adopt our political ideals.
c. Assimilate and add their flavoring to our stew.