New Consciousness of Ethnic Groups
Another voice is being added to the swelling chorus of American protesters. It is that of ethnic Americans, those who have never entirely lost their foreign identity or consciousness in the American melting pot. They may number well over 50 million,1 concentrated in urban centers of the Northeast and Midwest. They are predominantly Catholic, largely of eastern and southern European extraction, and mainly blue-collar in occupation. They are angry because they believe they are getting a bad deal from society and government.
Ethnic Americans see themselves as forgotten people, “the most ignored group in America.” Not quite poor, and by no means rich—their incomes tend to range between $7,000 and $10,000 a year—they are not eligible for the kind of aid ...