Assimilation should not mean whitewashing U.S. history

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 7:04 am

Re "Assimilation shouldn't be an afterthought" (Viewpoints, April 27): Ben Boychuk's solution to "comprehensive immigration reform" seemingly is to issue American flags, read more about founding father Alexander Hamilton, ban Howard Zinn's leftist history book, and reject policies begun in 1970 by "elitist" liberal "apologists."

He cites a study that decries "multiculturalism" over a previous "Americanization" policy of adopting the foreign-born into the U.S. But even non-Zinn readers of U.S. history see two problems. Hamilton was an elitist ideologue; and "Americanization" has poor models.

Adopt Native American boarding schools which literally beat English and Protestantism into the first Americans? The Chinese Exclusion Act or Japanese-American internment camps during World War II? The House Un-American Activities Committee? Oh yeah, that one failed miserably, too.

-- David Kuchera, Sacramento

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