I still had my government badge on in the subway last week, and it ended up starting an interesting conversation between myself and this woman. She was Hispanic, and we started talking about bilingual services in the government, and the fact that more and more services would become bilingual in the future as the Hispanic population in the U.S. continues to rise.
Then the conversation changed. She noted that she didn't think that bilingual services helped people and thought that more Hispanics should learn English and to pursue higher education.
She remarked sadly that she's tried to get her own daughter to read more but that she's not interested and prefers TV.
She expressed concern what will happen to the United States when Hispanics become the largest racial group in the U.S.
"So.... um.... I'm sorry," she said.
It sounded like she was apologizing behalf of her own racial group to me. Had I become... a token white guy? Wow.....