Assimilation Quotes

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Vera Nazarian
“It's a fact—everyone is ignorant in some way or another.

Ignorance is our deepest secret.

And it is one of the scariest things out there, because those of us who are most ignorant are also the ones who often don't know it or don't want to admit it.

Here is a quick test:

If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant.

Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.

It will do both of you good.”
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Christopher Hitchens
“As a convinced atheist, I ought to agree with Voltaire that Judaism is not just one more religion, but in its way the root of religious evil. Without the stern, joyless rabbis and their 613 dour prohibitions, we might have avoided the whole nightmare of the Old Testament, and the brutal, crude wrenching of that into prophecy-derived Christianity, and the later plagiarism and mutation of Judaism and Christianity into the various rival forms of Islam. Much of the time, I do concur with Voltaire, but not without acknowledging that Judaism is dialectical. There is, after all, a specifically Jewish version of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, with a specifically Jewish name—the Haskalah—for itself. The term derives from the word for 'mind' or 'intellect,' and it is naturally associated with ethics rather than rituals, life rather than prohibitions, and assimilation over 'exile' or 'return.' It's everlastingly linked to the name of the great German teacher Moses Mendelssohn, one of those conspicuous Jewish hunchbacks who so upset and embarrassed Isaiah Berlin. (The other way to upset or embarrass Berlin, I found, was to mention that he himself was a cousin of Menachem Schneerson, the 'messianic' Lubavitcher rebbe.) However, even pre-enlightenment Judaism forces its adherents to study and think, it reluctantly teaches them what others think, and it may even teach them how to think also.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Norman Manea
“The question of the stranger in a society which estranges everybody from it--while forcing everybody to assimilate their own alienation--takes cover under dubious and sinister masks.”
Norman Manea

Laura Esquivel
“Once again she would arrive at a foreign place. Once again be the newcomer, an outsider, the one who did not belong. She knew from experience that she would quickly have to ingratiate herself with her new masters to avoid being rejected or, in more dire cases, punished. Then there would be the phase where she would have to sharpen her senses in order to see and hear as acutely as possible so that she could assimilate quickly all the new customs and the words most frequently used by the group she was to become a part of--so that finally, she would be judged on her own merits.”
Laura Esquivel, Malinche

G.K. Chesterton
“The Americans are very patriotic, and wish to make their new citizens patriotic Americans. But it is the idea of making a new nation literally out of any old nation that comes along. In a word, what is unique is not America but what is called Americanisation. We understand nothing till we understand the amazing ambition to Americanise the Kamskatkan and the Hairy Ainu. We are not trying to Anglicise thousand of French cooks or Italian organ-grinders. France is not trying to Gallicise thousands of English trippers or German prisoners of war. America is the only place in the world where this process, healthy or unhealthy, possible or impossible, is going on. And the process, as I have pointed out, is not internationalization. It would be truer to say it is the nationalization of the internationalized. It is making a home out of vagabonds and a nation out of exiles.”
G.K. Chesterton, What I Saw in America

An Na
“Your life can be different, Young Ju. Study and be strong. In America, women have choices.”
An Na, A Step from Heaven

“Through love, tribes have been intermixing colors to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one race, nation or religion over another.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Christopher Hitchens
“He was so much the picture of different kinds of assimilation that it was almost a case of multiple personalities.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

William McKinley
“The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.”
William McKinley

Edmund de Waal
“It makes me wonder what belonging to a place means. Charles died a Russian in Paris. Viktor called it wrong and was a Russian in Vienna for fifty years, then Austrian, then a citizen of the Reich, and then stateless. Elisabeth kept Dutch citizenship in England for fifty years. And Iggie was Austrian, then American, then an Austrian living in Japan.

You assimilate, but you need somewhere else to go. You keep your passport to hand. You keep something private.”
Edmund de Waal, The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

S.J. Parris
“I realised with a prickle of discomfort why he bothered me: it was not so much that I resented the hearty backslapping bonhomie of English upper-class gentlemen, for I could tolerate it well enough in Sidney on his own. It was the way Sidney fell so easily into this strutting group of young men, where I could not, and the fear that he might in some ways prefer their company to mine. Once again, I felt that peculiar stab of loneliness that only an exile truly knows: the sense that I did not belong, and never would again.”
S. J. Parris (Heresy: An Historical Thriller), Heresy

Edmund de Waal
“Does assimilation mean that they never came up against naked prejudice? Does it mean that you understood where the limits of your social world were and you stuck to them?”
Edmund de Waal, The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

Abhijit Naskar
“Together we are alive and beautiful, divided we are dead and rotten.”
Abhijit Naskar, The Shape of A Human: Our America Their America

“Knowing is not enough, we must understand and assimilate it.”
Shiva Negi

Abhijit Naskar
“No goodness, no peace - no goodness, no assimilation – no goodness, no justice.”
Abhijit Naskar, Boldly Comes Justice: Sentient Not Silent

Charles Yu
“If she could move freely between worlds, why can't you?”
Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown

Abhijit Naskar
“Integration is an act of love, not intellect.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

“But what America did was a basic human obligation. It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks. It is your duty to answer us, even if we don’t give you sugary success stories.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen (Editor)

Abhijit Naskar
“World War 3 has already begun, but unlike the previous times, it is not a war amongst nations, rather it's a war within nations between the forces of inclusion and reason, and the forces of separatism and superstition.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Only cure for degradation is united humanity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Prejudice is the prelude to war, assimilation is the cure.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“I do not want peace and harmony, I want accountability and assimilation, for when there are accountability and assimilation, peace and harmony will follow.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“The superstitious never lives, the intellectual may live a little, but the being of love never dies.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Ibram X. Kendi
“White segregationist ideas suggest a racial group is permanently inferior, assimilationist ideas suggest a racial group is temporarily inferior.”
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

Abhijit Naskar
“Discard discrimination and practice assimilation.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Vicdansaadet Speaking: No Rest Till The World is Lifted

Abhijit Naskar
“When inclusion is no longer inclusion, but simply being, that's the awakening of the human being.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

“Wikipedia: Cultural Racism

Cultural racism, sometimes called neo-racism, new racism, postmodern racism, or differentialist racism, is a concept that has been applied to prejudices and discrimination based on cultural differences between ethnic or racial groups. This includes the idea that some cultures are superior to others, and that various cultures are fundamentally incompatible and should not co-exist in the same society or state. In this it differs from biological or scientific racism, meaning prejudices and discrimination rooted in perceived biological differences between ethnic or racial groups.”
Wikipedia Contributors

Abhijit Naskar
“You are the generation corazon, you are the generation assimilation, and it's your accountability that'll resuscitate the heart of humanity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“Expansion makes the human, inclusion strengthens life. Diversity beautifies society, there is no room for divide.”
Abhijit Naskar, Mucize Insan: When The World is Family

“My parents already know I'm bereft of their culture, that their son is almost as Frank or Bill as any other American, but they also believe this is necessary: that if their son is to become president, it won't happen while he is wearing a turban. They're willing to surrender their culture in order to assure my success, which means the price of my inclusion here is our alienation from each other.”
Jaswinder Bolina, Of Color

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