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America, the Beautiful, Bigoted Melting Pot

Updated on February 12, 2014

The Song

America the Beautiful, written in 1893 by Katherine Lee Bates, was penned after she visited Pike’s Peak in Colorado. The poem, published in a journal first, is interpreted just as it is written; there are no underlying motives elucidated, thus far. Nowhere in the words can one find anything resembling an attack on different languages, but many Americans of English-speaking origin have found a new cause to jump upon, a new reason to beat the chest, and a campaign of the utmost absurdity.

Col. Allen West's response to the ad

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The Morons of Facebook

After spending an afternoon on Coca Cola’s Facebook fan page, I was shocked to find so many people ignorant of this country’s origin and the meaning behind the term, “melting pot.” What spawned from the Super Bowl Coca-Cola commercial is a group of angry, confused, misguided, bigoted right-wing “activists” whose only concern is to keep America white and English-speaking. Never mind facts or obvious realities, these folks just want “America to speak American.” Not only do they want English to be spoken at all times, they also encourage same-sex couples to “GTFO” of this “grate country.” Now, because my slang knowledge is not on par with what it was, I may be wrong, but it seems they want LGBTs to get the fuck out of “their” great country. Their lack of proper English and inability to use punctuation leads me to believe that they haven’t put forth any effort to research anything for which they are complaining. To assume that we, as a nation, are to speak only one specified language is preposterous. To damn those who come here wanting the same things our ancestors wanted, is hypocrisy at its finest. To pounce uproariously on an advertisement and its respective company for wanting to embrace all cultures and diversities, is an embarrassment to all who share this nation.

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The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot was originally a play written by an English playwright at the beginning of the 20th century. This play, though scarcely remembered for the story line, carries with it an embedded message of promise. The theme of the play was freedom and transformation for all immigrants. During the time of this play, America was receiving its largest number of immigrants to date. Irish, German, Italian, and Eastern European immigrants were fleeing their homelands to start a new life in this beautiful country. This melting pot of ethnic and cultural diversity is what has made America the strong, independent nation it is today. Each person screaming for pure American patriotism has no idea that his or her own truths are attached to an immigrant. Unless he or she qualifies or belongs to a Native American tribe, he or she is of immigrant descent. So if we are to get mad at America not speaking “American,” perhaps we should start learning the true indigenous languages. I’m sure Rosetta Stone may even begin offering Mayan, Algic, Siouan, or Salishan, but I could be wrong.

The Final Laugh

The most important thing I would like to say, and the ingredient added to this beautiful catastrophe is, do they know the song they keep referring to as “The National Anthem,” is in fact not the National Anthem, or that it was written by a full-blown, out-of-the-closet, lesbian? I think not. I. Think. Not.


The Ad that Caused Hysteria

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      Thomas Swan 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I thought the insulted group would be the foreigners for being portrayed as liking America! I'm not sure what the patriotic nutters are trying to say though... is it "you can love our country but you have to be American to do it"? Who turns down love from their neighbors? I don't get it. All I can say is, well done Coca Cola. They've made their ad popular beyond measure by angering some people who, frankly, deserve to be angered anyway.

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      Amy Magness Whatley 3 years ago from United States of America

      I have no idea what you've said because you have not used punctuation. I will try to decipher it, though, to give you the full attention you obviously desire.

      America was coined "The Melting Pot" in the 18th century as a way to describe the multi-cultural blend of persons arriving in this country. The play with which I wrote, The Melting Pot, by Israel Zangwill, was written in 1908 and was about America, not just NYC.

      It is synonymous with Americanization. It is not synonymous with miscegenation, as you claim.

      Reference: American Ethnic History

      http://books.google.com/books?id=OYTMeVr-WLQC&...

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      StfuOkThnx 3 years ago

      America is not the Melting Pot Newyork's Term was The Melting Pot along with the Big Apple were you all Taught in some foreign school every Neighborhood that has white people in it doesn't need a massive mix of people in it why does everybody think this is OK to do to people? since 911 everybody thinks new york is America we had a few different people in our neighborhoods which wasn't a problem until you forced us all to mix with dung African & Arab crap on the planet this Multicultural Homosexual brainwashing Anti-White Anti-opposite sex age discrimination worship has to go but it wont unless you actually are a real American ohh and im a Mega Liberal for freedom

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool and happiness and peace to you. Chuc Mung Nam Moi. Ya Tah. Prosperos Anos in Felicidand, Pro Bono and Cogito Ergo Sum

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      Amy Magness Whatley 3 years ago from United States of America

      I have no idea what you have said in all of those words.

      I am learning Spanish, but do not know it fluently- which is my fault, yes. That does NOT mean I do not "give a crap enough" to learn. It means I have only just begun university and did not have the chance prior.

      I am not hurting a cause, Eric. We have been multilingual since we formed; so why do you think it is suicidal to remain this way? Adapt or get left behind.

      I will not allow any more of your ramblings on my hub unless they become more coherent.

      Thanks

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is not practical. I is suicidal for our country. Would you rather have more commerce and education for 3rd gen Native Americans or less. I grew up with them I know them and i kilt deer with them and butchered the fatted lamb with both Navajo and Hopi and my name with them is No One. Language acceptance as opposed to commonality is stupid at it's best.

      There is absolutely no reason for a country to go multilingual -- none and end of story. I am a member of the Little Saigon of San Diego chamber of commerce a former member of San Ysidro chamber of commerce and I can say from experience that you do not know one bit about building opportunity for work and respect among those kinds of people.

      By your own admission you don't give a crap enough to learn Spanish but you rail against those of us who do but object to multilingualism ass an institution. Have you even lived on a Res or in Mexico?

      Learn at least basics in Paiute which is linguistically connected to Apache and Comanche and Pima and Hopi and Navajo and then suggest we all learn it to "connect our nation". Have you been to China? Those are a huge portion of our immigrant society. Can you speak Cantonese or order food in Mandarin.

      You are hurting whatever cause you think you stand for. Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

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      Amy Magness Whatley 3 years ago from United States of America

      Eric,

      With all due respect, those countries are not America. Those countries do not see the amount of immigrants flee to them for asylum that we, the Americans do. Those countries do not offer a better life the way we do. Those countries, as great as they may be, do not represent, nor will they ever, the first breathless feeling an immigrant feels when seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. I live in Texas- a place where Spanish is spoken more often than not and though I do not speak Spanish, I should. My immigrant family came from France speaking zero English. My grandmother spoke no English. Why should we enforce something that makes no sense? English speakers were not the first people of this country, so why must it be the only way to speak?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I will not visit or comment on facebook inhumane attacks. But the core of the problem with this ad is a multilingual country. That is a bad idea. Really bad. No country on earth that has that suggest that other countries follow suit. All ASEAN business is in English. I understand the EU leans toward it. Check out the laws of France they are strict one language and Israel is dual because they must be but not by joice. Canada has a nighmare with French. Multilingual authorized countries know that the language causes an unnecessary divide. Yes I can get by on French, Mexican Spanish and Vietnamese and not bad with some German and Italian and certainly know my Navajo and Hopi than most. But that does not change the harsh reality that countries must be uni-lingual.

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      Amy Magness Whatley 3 years ago from United States of America

      Also, I referenced this precisely in my hub."What spawned from the Super Bowl Coca-Cola commercial is a group of angry, confused, misguided, bigoted right-wing “activists” whose only concern is to keep America white and English-speaking. Never mind facts or obvious realities, these folks just want “America to speak American.” Not only do they want English to be spoken at all times, they also encourage same-sex couples to “GTFO” of this “grate country.” Now, because my slang knowledge is not on par with what it was, I may be wrong, but it seems they want LGBTs to get the fuck out of “their” great country."

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      Amy Magness Whatley 3 years ago from United States of America

      Eric,

      In the Facebook comments of Coca Cola's fan page, those who were screaming about the commercial made comments about a possible male homosexual couple in the video. (It does seem to show two men being romantic). The comments made were about the LGBT community. That is how I leapt. Thank you, once again, for your concern.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just do not get your leap from homogeneous national language to hate of LGTB.

      I do not mean to denigrate you but what connected the issues.

      I assume it is nutcases and hatemongers that did this but, why give it a second thought?

      (it has clearly been proven that countries with one national language suffer less than others regarding ignorance based bias)