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Cricket Versus Baseball



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Front page story in today’s Washington Post about how local park managers are building more cricket and soccer fields, and thus fewer baseball and football fields, in order to accommodate new immigrants. Question for discussion: Are we missing an opportunity here to encourage assimilation? Sure, immigrants add elements of their old cultures—food, music, slang, etc.—to the melting pot, and probably that includes sports, too–which all contribute to our melting pot. But isn’t there a role for government in encouraging new immigrants towards American culture: English, apple pie, and baseball? We don’t want to be a nation of ethnic enclaves, after all.



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