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On the cover is a computer-generated headshot of a woman created by combining selected features of male and female models representing seven ethnicities. In the end, however, she looks surprisingly European, which says a lot about the ambivalence which most white Americans feel towards this egalitarian biological fantasy. For most white Americans, the prospect of grandchildren of color is not considered desirable. Many non-whites likewise prefer intramarriage to intermarriage. Furthermore, because of varying types and degrees of discrimination in different geographical locations, ethnic groups do not all come into contact with each other at equal rates and in an evenly-disbursed manner across the country.

1991; Thomas and Collier, 1995). The specter of sabotage rears its head once again. The experiences of individual immigrants is a poor basis on which to rest the education of large numbers of minority-language children. If Bikales learned English as quickly and effortlessly as she says she did, the circumstances of her life need to be measured against those of present-day language minorities. Having come from Europe, she may have enjoyed the advantages of a rigorous education in her own language; she also admits to being trilingual upon arrival in this country.

Fishman sees middle-class American support for this movement being engendered by "a wounded amour propre" (Fishman, 1988, p. 130). America's loss of world prestige and economic domination has bred "attitudes [which] are all sublimations of the sense of being abused, of being taken advantage of, of being denied one's rightful place in the sun . . The Official English/English Only movement may largely represent the displacement of middle-class Anglo fears and anxieties from the more difficult if not intractable real causes of their fears and anxieties to mythical and simplistic and stereotyped scapegoats" (Fishman, 1988, p.

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