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El “profesor” Jeb Bush y el equívoco de los dos sentidos del término “multiculturalismo”

Submitted by on September 26, 2015 – 12:55 pm

Ashley Killough

(CNN)-Jeb Bush defended his attacks against “multiculturalism” Thursday, saying immigrants need to assimilate into the United States by embracing the country’s “set of shared values” rather than forming isolated communities. “I’m going to be a professor here for a second,” Bush said before launching into an explanation of social models. “We’re a pluralistic society. We’re diverse, we have people that come from everywhere,” he told reporters before a campaign event here. “We’re not multicultural. We have a set of shared values that defines our national identity, and we should never veer away from that because that creates the extraordinary nature of our country.” His comments come two days after he told a voter at an Iowa diner that multiculturalism was the “wrong approach” for America. Bush, who considers himself a policy wonk and tends to use nuanced language, was referring to the word in a literal, academic sense, rather than the more commonly known definition as a tolerance of different cultures. Still, Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic groups seized on the comment, putting it in videos that hit Bush as being disingenuous in his efforts to appeal to minority voters when he highlights the bicultural family he raised with his wife, who’s from Mexico. Bush argued Thursday that people “might misinterpret what multiculturalism is” but pointed to debates in Europe where leaders have expressed regret over not holding onto a stronger national identity as the demographics in their countries change. (En CNN)