A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Sunday, January 29, 2006

No Hyphens Here

Over at Woman Honor Thyself, Angel has a fantastic post titled Hyphenated AmericanS? I don't think So.

I highly recommend it!

Here is an excerpt:

Hmmm...I can hear the arguments already..Multi-culturalism is good for America.
Ethnic diversity and cultural differences should be celebrated!..Well before we break out into a "C'mon people now smile on yer brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now" fest...Let's do the hard part: examine facts.

Once upon a time, immigrants actually came here um.."legally"..shocking, I know.
Not only that but they were law-abiding citizens who became self sufficient,(wouldn't dare take hand outs or welfare due to their integrity and healthy sense of pride), worked hard, learned English and even Anglicized their names in some cases to become part of the larger American community.

I am not advocated name changes, but learning English should be mandatory not optional for immigrants. There are now thousands of foreign speaking immigrants (many ILLEGAL),and not only are they not all living together harmoniously - there are warring ethnic and racial groups.
The illegal aliens, HyphenateD Americans some of whom identify more with their own ethnic group than with American culture as a whole. Check the census bureau. There are close to 150,000 "Middle-Eastern Americans" in the U.S. illegally!

And that's UnifyinG?