| According to the
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (© 2000), integration
means "the bringing of people of different racial or ethnic groups into unrestricted
and equal association, as in society or an organization; desegregation."
Up until relatively recently in our history, integration strongly implied that persons of different racial or ethnic backgrounds who choose to reside in the U.S. would elect to adapt to U.S. cultural norms and customs, including learning our English language.
However, today integration has become a dirty word. Today, civil rights leaders have abandoned the principle of integration in favor of divisive, separatist policies which specifically grant unequal, preferential treatment to their constituencies (black, Hispanic, Muslim, etc.). These race merchants encourage people not to integrate into our society, not to adopt and respect our cultural values, but rather to remain apart from our U.S. culture in their own, voluntarily segregated enclaves.
A closely related term is melting pot which referred to the process whereby immigrants of Italian, Irish, German, Jewish, French and a host of other cultures actually assimilated into our U.S. culture, learned our language, and played a vital role in making the U.S. the strongest economy in the world.
Civil rights leaders today almost never use the term integration. And they actively detest the terms melting pot and assimilation. Instead, they have invented a litany of anti-integration terms including Multiculturalism, Disparate Impact, Diversity, and Race-Sensitive.
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