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July 16 2019

"Woke Assimilation"

by Charlotte Hays

Quote of the Day:

They have learned to speak not just English but the language of oppression. They understand our system — at least no less than the average officeholder — but hold it in low regard. They know our history, as taught by an instructor cribbing from Howard Zinn.

--Rich Lowry in a column on “Woke Assimilation”

Just want to call your attention to a column this morning by Rich Lowry on what he calls “woke assimilation.”

Lowry rightly deplores the “noxious” tweet by President Trump urging certain members of Congress to return to their home countries to fix them before criticizing the U.S., even though they are all U.S. citizens and thus reside in their home country.

Nevertheless, Lowry points out a new kind of assimilation, based on the idea that the U.S. is a racist country. Unfortunately, as Lowry notes, this notion is emanating from some of the most privileged among us. Here, for example, is what Beto O’Rourke told an audience of immigrants last week:

“This country was founded on white supremacy. And every single structure that we have in this country still reflects the legacy of segregation, Jim Crow and suppression.”

I once helped judge an essay contest. Immigrants preparing to become citizens were asked to write about a Founding Father they particularly admired and who had relevance to their lives.

It was a moving experience. These new Americans had come from places that were not democratic and offered few opportunities. They truly appreciated freedom. I seem to remember that James Madison was a particularly popular Founding Father.

The essays were moving, but I wondered how long it would be before somebody was peddling what Lowry dubs “woke assimilation” to these new Americans, and whether they would be vulnerable.  

 





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