When you take away a man’s identity, is he left with anything worthwhile?
I pondered that question when listening to a sympathetic NPR report on a Mexican-American’s experience in college. Pablo Ramirez is a student at San Francisco State University. He and a group of like-minded classmates are lobbying administrators to increase funding for—what else?—courses in ethnic studies. The son of illegal immigrants, Ramirez rejects “the notion that to be truly American, you have to be white.”