Essay on Relationship Between Identity, Differences And Assimilation

858 Words Jan 28th, 2015 4 Pages
The relationship between identity, differences and assimilation.
The American culture tries to make everybody be the same way. The main stream culture and the assimilation to it, do not accept the differences. Manuel Muñoz on his essay, “Leave your name at the Border”, argues how immigrants from Spanish speaking origin are treated as inferior. They are expected to change their name to an English name so it is easier for English speaker to pronounce it. He argues that a name can define people, it can rule peoples life it they let it. Similar to Muñoz who speaks about the differences of Spanish speakers and the treatment they get, Kenji Yoshino on his works, “Preface” and “The New Civil Rights”, argue about how the law protects or does not protect the differences and equality. He talks about how people cover who they really are and have to follow the way of being of the ideal American. Yoshino argues that the importance is what makes people equal, the commune parts. Both authors explore how differences are seen in the United States and how assimilation plays a role trying to erase them. Assimilation tries to erase the differences and most parts of true identity. People are often judge by their differences. Differences are seen as wrong. Spanish speakers are judge by their name and language. Muñoz says, “These were difficult names for non-Spanish speakers: Araceli, Nadira, Luis (a beautiful name when you glide the u and the i as you’re supposed to). We had been accustomed…

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