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You know how those Latinos are

They come to this country, don't assimilate into our culture, and refuse to learn English ... Wait that's not right:

One point on culture:

    Latinos watched an average of 9.8 movies in 2005, compared with 7.8 for African Americans and 7 for whites, according to the Motion Picture Assn. of America. In the 2000 census, Latinos made up 12.6% of the U.S. population.

One point on language:

    Percentage of Latino teens in a survey on what language they use when they are with friends

    English only 49%

    Both, but mostly English 28%

    Both equally 16%

    Both, but mostly Spanish 6%

    Spanish only 1%


    Sources: Motion Picture Assn. of America, Creative Artists Agency

Article here.

Months ago Nick Gillespie made another point about language:

    As the Pew Hispanic Center documents, about 80 percent of third-generation Latinos in the United States speak English as their dominant language -- and exactly 0 percent speak Spanish as their dominant language.

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