Assimilation, 21st Century Style

While the number of births to
African-American and white teenagers fell in
Illinois from 1997 to 1999, the number of births
to Hispanic teens increased. In fact, Hispanic
girls lead the nation in the teen birthrate,
with about 93 births per 1,000 Hispanic teens
per year compared to the overall national teen
birthrate of about 50 births per 1, 000    Newer
immigrants are more likely to avoid pregnancy
than second- or third- generation Hispanics. …
"For certain what we know is that
[unmarried teenage Hispanic] girls born in the
U.S. and raised in the U.S. are more likely to
get pregnant than girls who are foreign-born and
then raised in the U.S.," said Jane Delgado
of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
"As we look at what messages a culture
communicates to young girls, it`s mixed. One is
about sexuality and the other is about moving
away from faith and family as core parts of a
young girl`s being
."

"Hispanic
teen births up,
defying U.S. trend"



By Sue Ellen Christian and Teresa Puente



Chicago Tribune
,
January 29, 2001

The
very bad news above directly contradicts the
conservative Establishment`s conventional
wisdom. ConEstablishment types assume that
"assimilation" works automatically,
sort of like "osmosis," to solve any
minor cultural problems created by heavy
immigration. They tend to have this 19th Century
picture of assimilation in action: The huddled
masses stumble off the docks in Boston, only to
notice the Cabots and Lodges glowering at them
for their uncouth behavior. Chastened, the
newcomers resolve to begin the long struggle to
become good Americans just like those august
families.



Of
course, these days, the descendants of those
Puritans are working as program officers for
foundations telling the newly-arrived immigrant
how much better the culture back home in, say,
Guatemala was than the culture created by their
Boston Brahmin ancestors – who, as you will
recall, were so criminally insensitive as to
glower.



There
is, however, one vibrant, self-confident culture
in modern America: hip-hop. (See Charles
Murray`s eloquent Wall
Street
Journal
essay "Prole
Models
.") 
Hip-hop is doing what whites no longer
have the will or means to do: assimilate the
children of Hispanic immigrants.



Of
course, Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy, and the rest are
leading Latino-Americans toward the
African-American model. As I
wrote last
year
,
"Currently, 22% of white births are
illegitimate compared to 69% of black births.
Among immigrant Latino mothers, 37% of their new
babies were illegitimate. But among
American-born Latino mothers, the illegitimacy
rate rises to 48%."

 

This
is a major problem. The bad news is that nobody
has any plausible idea how to reverse this
process. For all Charles Murray`s virtues (and
is there any intellectual in America who
combines honesty, humility, kindness, and
judiciousness in a nobler package than Murray?),
he is a lot less funky of a role model than Ol`
Dirty Bastard.



The
good news: that there is a relatively easy way
at least to limit the extent of this problem in
the future. But that means we have to act soon
to change the laws – and bring in fewer but
better immigrants.




[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


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for


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.
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February 11,
2001