by Pepe7 - 2/26/13 11:06 AM
In Reply to: I'm referring to 'groups' by TONI H
Your information is outdated.
The situation is no different than when previous groups of immigrants arrived in the U.S. They still generally start out in enclaves, but once the first generation is born and marry, things change. Since you gave Polish as an example, you can use that as one to validate my point. Here in Chicago there is a significant expansion away from areas formerly considered 'Polish'. in the city. The concentration isn't nearly as pronounced. The amount of residents in statistical surveys indicating that they speak Polish as a first language has decreased quite a bit from forty-fifty years ago when it was probably highest (don't have the decade off hand.)
Besides intermarriage, there is also mobility away from the areas where such ethnic concentrations started out. It's a lot less common for generations born here to not know English since they are in either English only or (obviously less common) bi-lingual American schools. There's no way for the children to succeed and find jobs otherwise, and the parents know it. Past a certain age, it's true, a certain percentage of the parents/early arrivals will generally never know English very well, and a portion of the older arrivals might not learn it at all. There's still a bad assumption by mono-lingual American English speakers that becasue someone has a thick foreign accent that they are either deaf, or can't possibly understand the English language completely (LOL).
Successive generations most certainly do not 'refuse to learn English'. That's white trash talk. A lot of the changes to our ethnic communities happen very gradually, some more than others. It's still a melting pot with some amazing differences that we can acknowledge as a group. If you think that just because these folks are here and happen to not look like you or speak a language you do not understand, for a moment don't think that they do not appreciate having a roof over their heads, safe schools for their kids, and other trappings thought of highly by most American born U.S. citizens.
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