Now, as Wal-Mart rolls out a new round of workplace restrictions, employees at a Wal-Mart Super Center in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., are taking matters into their own hands. On Oct. 16, workers on the morning shift walked out in protest against the new policies and rallied outside the store, shouting "We want justice" and criticizing the company's recent policies as "inhuman." Workers said the number of participants was about 200, or nearly all of the people on the shift.
It's the first time that Wal-Mart has faced a worker-led revolt of such scale, according to both employees and the company. Just as surprising, the company quickly said it would change at least one of the practices that had sparked the protest. Late in the day on Oct. 16, there was some disagreement over which of the new policies would be put on hold.
Agreed, my parents also had to assimilate quickly - take English classes, adapt to the new rules and culture. These days, immigrants can cocoon themselves in their ethnic communities and never learn a word of English. Why? Because the system allows it. You can even take your citizenship test in a foreign language! Good intentions, in this case, have led to the long-term detriment of these people.
Assimilating, while maintaining your ethnic identity and uniqueness, is good for the individual and good for the society.
English should be mandatory. Learning and mastering English is a pre-requisite to advancement and prosperity. Being bi-lingual is always an asset, as long as one of those languages is English. This is not racism. It's just a fact of life here in the USA.