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Friday, August 12, 2005

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Gain in the Nation as a Whole - New York Times

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Gain in the Nation as a Whole - New York Times: "Cecilia Mu´┐Żoz, a vice president of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino civil rights group, said: 'This great diversity and constant demographic change make us a dynamic country. They do not cause unrest or commotion. They are part of a process that's intrinsically American.'"

what a silly comment-- as if unrest and commotion are not intrinsically American. Of course, the rapid change in demographics causes a commotion-- espeically in rural areas that receive large numbers of immigrants seemingly overnight. Its not a bad thing, but pretending that its not disruptive and traumatic to many people-- natives and new arrivals, and the loved ones left behind-- is conter-productive. An oped discussion of the social, cultural and economic impacts is healthy-- avoiding it leaves too much space that racists and xenophobes will be happy to occupy.

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