I brought up Cinco De Mayo. I doubt it is a thing in Wisconsin, it might be, I don’t know. Cinco De Mayo is relevant because I live in Texas. And the Alamo is relevant because there are certain regressive forces in this state that want to minimize that era in Texas history. I suppose I failed at making the connection more clear — it isn’t an issue, these new wrinkles to the cultural fabric (such as Cinco De Mayo) until the forces that brought added to the fabric are at the same time trying to remove other elements.
So, let’s be super, super clear since this is the internet. There is a not insignifigant overlap between the people who make Cinco De Mayo a thing here in Texas and those who want to change the narrative on the pre-state history of Texas.
That’s why I brought it up out of nowhere. We can have both. My issue is when one is gained at the expense of another.
Who, exactly, is life impossible for here? Especially when comparing to past impossibilities? And doubly so when we are talking about immigration? If you want to talk about how life can be impossible for urban African American communities, I’m all ears, but we are talking about immigrants. What immigrant group has an impossible life here today?
As to there being an end goal — there is no end goal. We started out as a collection of extremely sparsely populated colonial business enterprises. They developed cultures and immigrants went to certain areas based upon their own background. Yet, despite that, there was something of an American identity that was developing. It’s continued to develop and its getting to a point now where mass media is erasing those identities. I don’t have a Texan accent, like my maternal grandfather did. My daughter doesn’t say “Y’all” like I do.
But we’ve never been homogenous, so I don’t know why you brought that up. America losing its unique regional identities is a tragedy. But, you’re making a false comparison here. We can not be homogenous but still exhibit a degree of homogeneity. We can be of a myriad ethnic background but still have common American traits.