Self-Segregation And Spanish Preferred


An Old
American Comments on Sailer vs. Barone

Two recent
reports offer fascinating insights into our current
immigration disaster.
 

In a study
needless to say unmentioned in Michael
Barone`s The New
Americans
, the well-known Yankelovich
marketing research firm reported:
 

"Hispanics`
preference for the Spanish language in every
situation, including home, work, and media
consumption, is on the rise – from 44% in 1997 to 53%
this year, according to Yankelovich`s Hispanic
MONITOR. Yankelovich, the leading authority on
consumer behavior, today released its 2000 Hispanic
MONITOR, an in-depth look at the values, attitudes and
behavioral patterns among the Hispanic market. Based
on data from 1,206 in-home interviews with Hispanics
by bilingual interviewers, Yankelovich identified
language preference, patterns of diversity,
aspirations, multi-ethnicity, and more. …
 

"`A
higher preference for Spanish runs counter to current
conceptions of acculturation, which assume that many
of these consumers will be moving closer, over time,
to English usage
[my
emphasis] in
their everyday lives,` said Olivia Llamas,
Yankelovich`s Hispanic MONITOR Director. … Increasing opportunities to demonstrate culture and use Spanish, as
well as the mainstream successes of Hispanic
personalities, have
reinforced the desire to maintain ties to Hispanic
heritage and roots
[my emphasis]. Hispanics are placing greater emphasis on language and culture, and less
emphasis on mainstream acceptance:
 

·        
"Up
from 63% in 1997, 69% of Hispanics say that the
Spanish language is more important to them now than
five years ago

·        
"Fewer
Hispanics are concerned with fitting in (72% in 1997,
64% in 2000) and with finding acceptance from
non-Hispanics (77% in 1997, 68% in 2000) …

"Interviews
were conducted in the seven largest Hispanic markets:
Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco/San Jose,
Chicago, Houston, and San Antonio from March to May
2000. The following sub-groups were represented in the
study: Mexicans (56%), Central Americans (12%), Puerto
Ricans (10%), Cubans (8%), Dominicans (7%), and South
Americans (5%).
"

Yankelovich`s
2000 Hispanic MONITOR

Also, Robin
Fields and Ray Herndon of the Los
Angeles Times
noted on July 5:

 
"Segregation
of a New Sort
Takes Shape

“Census:
In a majority of cities, Asians and Latinos have
become more isolated from other racial group
s." 

"[D]uring
the last decade, while blacks were making some
progress in residential integration, Latinos and
Asians became more isolated from other racial groups
in the vast majority of the nation`s large
metropolitan areas, from Chicago`s red-bricked grid to
Phoenix`s beige sprawl, a Times analysis of 2000
census data shows. …
 

"In
21 of 25 population centers, Asians were more likely
to live apart from other races in 2000 than in 1990,
according to the dissimilarity index, which calculates
how evenly ethnic groups are spread within
communities. Latinos became more segregated in 19 of
25 areas…
 

"To
some extent, the increased intensity of Asian and
Latino enclaves is not surprising. These populations
grew far more swiftly than other groups in the last
decade, fueled by immigration, family reunification
and higher birthrates. Massive undercounting in 1990
also may be a factor.
 

"`Theirs
is an isolation driven by
higher density and sheer accumulation
,[my
emphasis]` said Philip Ethington, a USC historian who analyzes segregation in Los
Angeles County. `You have to think in terms of the
established groups–blacks and whites–as being in
retreat, leaving city cores to the newcomers.`"


"`It
took 50 years for similar white ethnic communities to
disperse in Eastern cities, and vestiges of them still
remain,` said John Logan, who studies segregation at
the State University of New York at Albany`s Lewis
Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional
Research." 

"Some
demographers fear, however, that Latino and Asian
enclaves may prove more stubborn and less nurturing,
both because of the ethnic component and because of
their sheer size.`That scale changes things,` said Richard Sander, a law professor
and director of UCLA`s empirical research group. `
With European immigrants, you had a number of smaller groups that
over time became indistinguishable from other whites.
With Latinos, there`s less of a drive to assimilate
and more desire to maintain a link to Latin culture
.`"


Los
Angeles Times, July 5, 2001

Emphasis – and warning – mine.


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


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


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July 07,
2001