12-Hanson-Frank Talk About Mexifornia

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Frank Talk About Mexifornia Victor Davis Hanson VICTOR DAVIS HANSON, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a fellow in California studies at the Claremont Institute, is a professor of classics at California State University, Fresno. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. in classics from Stanford University, and recently served as the visiting Shifrin Chair of Military History at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He has authored, co-authored or edited thirteen books, including Who Killed Homer? The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom, Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power, An Autumn of War: What America Learned From September 11 and the War on Terrorism, Mexifornia: A State of Becoming and Ripples of Battle: How Wars of the Past Still Determine How We Fight, How We Live, and How We Think . He has published articles and editorials in several newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, National Review, American Heritage, Commentary and the Weekly Standard , and has appeared on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, FOX News and C-SPAN’s BookTV. Currently, he is a weekly columnist for National Review Online and serves on the editorial board of Arion, the Military History Quarterly and City Journal . Dr. Hanson is the recipient of the American Philological Association’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Eric Breindel Award for opinion journalism. The following is adapted from a lecture delivered on October 1-13, 2003. There was a time, not so long ago, when we Americans understood that newcomers did not need to be taught in their own language in our schools. Even less did we believe that their children required special classes in ethnic pride or separate, race-based college graduation ceremonies. The very idea that a national lobbying group would call itself La Raza (The Race)—and have slogans such as: “For La Raza everything; for those outside La Raza, nothing”—would have seemed to us shocking, even chilling. We believed in American civic education for immigrants, which, combined with intermarriage, integration and popular culture, led to rapid parity for those immigrants’ children in terms of education, income and influence. Needless to say, in that earlier time, immigrants came to the U.S. from Mexico largely under legal auspices and in measured numbers that did not overwhelm our once formidable powers of assimilation. What we see going on with Mexican immigration today is a tragedy, and it is not simply a result of the federal government abdicating its responsibility to control our borders (although the federal government has certainly done precisely that). The citizens of my state of California and others are also complicit in this tragedy. For instance, millions of us who used to cut our 1
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own lawns and clean our own houses now consider such tasks beneath us, as if America’s middle class has embraced as its birthright the culture and
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