America Is No Longer A Melting Pot
Strength through diversity....
Our "Melting Pot" now holds an American Salad....
A look at our past:
For the recent centuries here in America we termed our nation "a Melting Pot" in which new citizens in a relatively short time became one with the rest of the citizenry in using English as the national language and in adopting all the customs of their new homeland.
Yes, we were proud of our heritage and sought to add to America the best values of the lands we came from, but our desire was to be "real Americans" as soon as possible by attending classes at night, if not by day, and by seeking to understand our new country...the U. S. A. The goal was not only to become citizens as soon as possible, but to blend in, to look and act like the best American examples we could find.
A look at today:
Those goals are still the goals of many new immigrants coming to America, but more than that America itself has discovered that there is strength in diversity.
When terrorists attacked America on September 11, 2001, our country quickly identified those behind the attacks and suddenly needed to recruit Americans who had an expertise in the languages and cultures of the attackers. Unlike some countries faced with such a challenge, we had loyal Americans who could meet that need.
It isn't clear when we fully recognized the value of respecting and preserving the strengths immigrants bring to America when they preserve and add their languages and cultural heritages to the fabric which has become our nation's tapestry. It is clear, however, that the concept of "a melting pot" has changed. We are now aware that there is an even greater value in becoming an exemplary "American salad."
Traditional American values are still the lettuce of this "American salad" but we now recognize that other languages and cultures are the real makings of this salad. There is value in having exotic fruits added, along with onions, black olives, tomatoes, green peppers, and jalapeno peppers, a choice of dressings, and flavors which mix and combine to the enjoyment and nourishment of all.
America is the ideal home for the United Nations headquarters and New York City is its ideal location. The city boasts every culture, and its endless variety of ethnic restaurants and entertainment, even ethnic newspapers, radio stations, and TV channels. The new immigrants can be found working in every sector of the society, and the same is true, if to a lesser extent in every major city and town in America.
The doctor from India, the engineer from Portugal, the college professor from Mexico, the farmer from South Africa, and the fisherman from Norway, all bring their skills which make America stronger and more universally appealing as a continuing beacon of freedoms.
If there is a country in the world which recognizes that all men, women, and children share the same divine heritage regardless of their surface differences, it is America, and Americans know that this "American salad" is good for all of us now and in the future of these United States of America.
© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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