I'm driving home from dinner and my daughter sings along vaguely "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony (Puerto Rican singer). Living in North Texas is a little of a challenge to show her our Latin Caribbean roots. Nonetheless, my dad, while we lived in Germany, always had our roots shown at our home (early 90's) be it Salsa music, food, language, etc.
This country has been written through the eyes of the "explorer". You know, the ones who "expanded the ideals". Which seems fine when you see it from the perspective of the invader rather than the victim.
Today this country has been re invaded by those who seek acculturation rather than assimilation. It is an invasion of diffusion and believe it or not, preservation. We are the (with all due respect) mature population that recognizes and loves the differences of diversity.
By me accentuating my daughter's singing, I am allowing her to pass on centuries of cultural progress thanks to this generation who has more access to the truth.
I must not give in to assimilation.