By O. Ricardo Pimentel – – Photo: Charles Krupa /Associated Press.

Photo: Julian Castro, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Are we assimilating too fast or not fast enough? This is asked by a guy who savors his menudo as much as his burgers and has been known to say to Spanish speakers before a conversation, “Lo siento, mi español sufre un poco” (Sorry, my Spanish is lacking a bit). And I’ve been known to have my Spanish complimented — by, of course, non-Spanish speakers.

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