SMU Profs Turn Fight Over Farmers Branch Apartment Ordinance Into Race Case Study
SMU today published a recap of the research. In short:
Immigrants -- with cultures and traditions different from white suburbanites -- are viewed as an assault on long-standing symbols of American nationality, the researchers say. Those symbols include middle-class values and tastes, and the perception that Americans are patriotic and law-abiding, say the researchers, both in the SMU Department of Antrhopology.Funny thing is, I just went to the SMU Web site to point out that Michael J. Fox is coming to town to speak at SMU as part of the Tate Lecture Series. Canadian.
"For many whites, American identity is wrapped up with being suburban and middle class, and when they see immigrants changing their communities and potentially threatening their class status, they react with anti-immigrant legislation," says Brettell.