By Ronald Fernandez
The melting pot is a fable, in keeping with Fernandez, who exhibits that the USA is and constantly has been a banquet of cultures. As he argues, easy methods to care for the greater than 20 million new immigrants seeing that 1965 is to just accept, realize, and eagerly discover the diversities one of the American people.
Fernandez seeks to forge a favorable nationwide consensus in line with development blocks. First, the nation's many ethnic teams could be a robust resource of extraordinary financial, creative, and medical creativity. Secondly, the nation's many ethnic teams supply how to erase the black/white dichotomy which, mask the shared injustices of thousands of eu, Asian, African, local, and Latino americans. it is a provocative research of ways we arrived at our present ethnic and racial dilemmas and what could be performed to maneuver past them. students and scholars of yank immigration and social coverage in addition to involved electorate will locate the publication both rewarding.
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Many people come with absolutely no intention of staying. In the literature their label is “sojourner”; it implies a short, pleasant visit, while the reality is a stay that often includes years of hard labor. Studies of Mexican immigrants show that they leave roughly ninety cents of every dollar they earn in the United States. 24 Besides poverty and ambition, people are encouraged to leave home— they are pushed out—by their own governments. In countries like Bangla- 34 Immigrants, Serfs, and Refugees desh, Jamaica, and the Philippines, high birthrates, linked to the pull from “advanced” economies, make people a superb, plentiful, and relatively inexhaustible natural resource for developing nations.
As in the past, tension exists between Panamanians and their guest workers; however, discrimination today pales in comparison to the practices of Goethals and his colleagues. To segregate one group of workers from another, Goethals established “gold” and “silver” payrolls. White Americans, “other” whites, and Panamanians with good jobs were treated like gold. “All other persons not covered above” found themselves on the silver payroll. ”5 This history matters for at least three reasons. One, Americans often read our past through the prism of arrogance and individuality.
53. Immigration, Senate, 1965, p. 258. 54. , p. 267. 55. , p. 279. 56. , p. 387. 26 Immigrants, Serfs, and Refugees 57. , p. 389. 58. , pp. 389–390. 59. , p. 390. 60. , pp. 810–811. 61. , p. 818. 62. See, for example, Peter Brimelow, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster (New York: Random House, 1995); for a capsule analysis of the White Identity movement, see Morris Dees, Gathering Storm (New York: Harper, 1997), or Jess Walker, Every Knee Shall Bow (New York: Harper, 1996).
America’s Banquet of Cultures: Harnessing Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration in the Twenty-First Century by Ronald Fernandez