By Ellen Bigler
Bigler examines one city's heated dispute that arose over bringing multiculturalism and bilingual schooling into their lives and their faculties' curricula, illuminating the character of racial politics within the usa and the way each side within the debate over multicultural schooling fight to discover universal language. within the PUERTO RICAN reviews sequence.
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4 Media coverage and discussions with community members suggest that this emerging Latino community, residentially concentrated in the city's East End, was merely "tolerated" during the early decades of its existence. 5 With the construction in the 1970s of the Arnhem Mallwhat one Latino leader refers to as the "Arnhem Wall"the Latino population was further isolated from the Euro-American population. Once, the town's parades, community events, and shopping district had run the entire length of the main street, incorporating the East End, and people had moved freely across ethnic neighborhood borders.
Today more than 50 percent of Puerto Ricans in the mainland United States live outside New York City (Glasser 1995). They represent a growing trend among transplanted Puerto Ricans of fleeing big-city problems for the relative security of smaller cities (Glasser 1995; Stains 1994), and the reception they receive from "oldtimers" in Arehem is strikingly similar to the responses they encounter in other northeastern cities such as "Steel Town" (Soto 1997) and Allentown, Pennsylvania (Stains 1994).
People of color and women successfully raised public levels of awareness of racism and sexism in educational institutions and the media. African Americans first, then Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, Native Americans, and women attacked the structures of inequality that limited their opportunities for upward mobility. The very existence of an American "melting pot" was challenged, and longstanding institutional barriers to opportunity in the United States were brought down. Ethnic studies and women's studies programs found homes at the university level, affirmative action programs opened doors that had been closed throughout the nation's history, and a growing number of people of color entered the ranks of the middle class.
American conversations: Puerto Ricans, white ethnics, and multicultural education by Ellen Bigler