This week, KISS rocker Gene Simmons not only embraced assimilation and the importance of English for immigrants to succeed, he gave a textbook example of how to successfully–and forcefully–do so on hostile turf.
He did so with no apologies–and plenty of compassion.
In an entertaining interview on HuffPost Live, Simmons said he was “given all the advantages of native-born children” after coming to the country when he was eight years of age, which he said was “astonishing” compared to other nations.
Why? Because he learned “goddamn English” and embraced America’s melting pot instead of separatism (salad bowl).
This is pretty awesome. And it doesn’t just apply to immigrants.
You want to be an American success story? Become an American, and cultivate the mannerisms, habits, and language of the successful.