Assimilationist Bias is a term coined by the new left which implicitly assumes that
American culture is wrongfully "biased" in its expectation that newcomers to our
society "assimilate" or "integrate". Or, to use an unfashionable
term, become part of our "melting pot".
But history has repeatedly shown that cultural assimilation is a two-way street. Newcomers to our shores necessarily learn that it is easier to function in our society by adopting our customs and our language, even if at the same time they retain their own customs and language. At the same time our society does its share of adapting to the newcomers.
Cultural assimilation has been going on since the dawn of time. It may even be a "force of nature" or an evolutionary imperative.
What is new is the very idea that "assimilation" of newcomers into the U.S. represents a "bias" and that adopting our values, language, customs and symbols is inherently wrong or, gasp, even represents some kind of "culturecide" (murder or extinguishment of a culture).
The genesis of the term "assimilationist bias" appears to lie within the 1998 publication of a Yale Law Journal article by Kenji Yoshino. Mr. Yoshino's article bears the weighty title "Assimilationist Bias in Equal Protection: The Visibility Presumption and the Case of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ". (Yale Law Journal, Vol. 108, No. 3 (Dec., 1998), pp. 485-571)
Professor Yoshino received his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1996. He holds a B.A. from Harvard, and an M.Sc. from Magdalen College, Oxford. His views and theories are firmly grounded in politically liberal presumptions about race, integration and assimilation.
Within the political left, Mr. Yoshino is considered to be an expert, a huge intellect, and a thinker of great thoughts -- much like the vacuous Scarecrow in the classic movie Wizard of Oz. And just as the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz who, upon being awarded his "brain" (diploma) by the wizard himself, inaccurately cites the Pythagorean Theorem, so too does Mr. Yoshino incorrectly state that "assimilation" is a wrongful, biased goal of a sovereign country such as the United States.
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