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FACING NEW TEST
(2007-01-29)
(wgvu) - EVER SINCE IT BECAME A MODEL OF
RACIAL INTEGRATION IN THE POST-CIVIL WAR ERA, COVERT TOWNSHIP HAS
BEEN KNOWN FOR DEFYING SOCIAL CONVENTIONS.
NOW, THE COMMUNITY OF ABOUT 31-HUNDRED IN VAN BUREN COUNTY IS
SEEING A NEW WAVE OF HISPANIC IMMIGRATION. THAT'S PROMPTING SOME TO
WONDER HOW THE NEW ARRIVALS WILL FIT IN.
COVERT'S HISPANIC COMMUNITY NOW ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 15 PERCENT OF
THE TOTAL POPULATION. MANY HAVE MOVED FROM NEARBY CHICAGO.
SOME SAY THE PREDOMINANTLY MEXICAN ARRIVALS HAVE BEEN SLOW TO
ACCLIMATE, PERHAPS OWING TO THEIR CLOSE-KNIT NATURE OR THE LANGUAGE
BARRIER.
BUT OTHERS SAY THE TOWNSHIP, WHILE NOT PERFECT, HAS ALWAYS
ACCEPTED ITS RACIAL DIVERSITY AND WILL DO SO AGAIN.

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