Diversity Tracking via Crime
Funny how it can take a shocking crime, like the recent shootings in a church filled with Micronesians in Missouri, to inform the country about the balkanized immigrant communities that have grown up in our midst.
You know, the kind Teddy Roosevelt warned against.
The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic. The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country.
It can be hard to keep up with America`s rapidly metastasizing diversity when the media are busy hiding it.
Anyway, here are few examples of diversity we have learned about via crime…
â€? In 2001, Nicolay Soltys murdered his wife, son, aunt, uncle and two cousins. The killings put Sacramento`s enormous Ukrainian and Russian population into public view like nothing before.
The news spread quickly Thursday morning among the 75,000 Russian and Ukrainian immigrants who call Sacramento home: A handcuffed Nikolay Soltys was sitting in the back of a police car. It was safe to come out again. […]
“This is a very tight-knit community,” [domestic violence outreach worker Bella] Mouhasseb said. “They are suspicious of outsiders.”
[Tragedy may shine light on a culture, San Francisco Chronicle 9/02/01]
“Outsiders” — that would be American citizens like you and me.
â€? Some in the San Francisco Bay Area were vaguely aware of the Little Kabul enclave of Afghans growing up in Fremont and Hayward. It was noticed by a few, pre-9/11, that friends of the Taliban resided there.
This is some of the diversity we are supposed to celebrate.
At least when the new Little Baghdads form up from the Iraqi refugees, we will know where to watch.