Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How's that for "American manners"?

Blog post by David Brooks today:
"Are new immigrants weakening the social fabric? By one measure they are not. In fact, America seems to be corrupting them. In the journal Addictive Behaviors, Mildred Maldonado-Moline, Jennifer Reingle, Wesley Jennings and Guillermo Prado looked at drunk driving arrests among new immigrants and U.S.-born young adults. Recent immigrants had low DUI arrest rates. Second generation Americans had higher arrest rates than first generation Americans, and third generation had higher rates than the second generation. The same pattern applied to arrests for marijuana use."
I'm just going to let that speak for itself. Seriously, who are the "lazy" "morally lax" "permissive" "complacent" people in this country? Um... I'm pretty sure it's not the recent immigrants who work hard and run strict/relatively traditional households.

This is also an additional reason to find that "Asians in the Library" rant laughable. I mean, as a commentary on social priorities, the title of the video speaks for itself: the Asians are in the flippin' LIBRARY. We should be happy those people are there, focusing on their studies.

(I wonder if this relates to my earlier post on the low status of teachers in this country and how Americans view education...)

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