Nowadays, racism, politics, and prejudices are the cause of boycotting, riots, and injured people lately, but racism is not the issue. We are constantly surrounded by several different types of race, skin color, and culture. Today, people do not pay attention if a person is different because we are all equal, but with different background and we are worth the same. We have all spoken to a person with a different heritage and shared several different priceless moment with at least of person who is different. Cultural pluralism is the best hope for a just and cohesive society.
We live in a society that has prospered generously over the years. America has opened its doors for so many different people by establishing itself as a free country. Not only have we progressed in technology and economically but we have created our own identity by becoming a free nation in which every individual has the same rights and eligibility as the other. This is the core of our countries success; we are not a nation unified distinctly by a specific race, religion or culture but by the compulsive efforts of our nation’s laws to uphold freedom in every aspect of a civilian’s life. People are not only allowed but encouraged to practice the religion of their choice, eat the food they desire, speak the language they prefer. There is even freedom in the most minute of things such as being able to listen to the music of your choice, these are the laws that promote diversity and strengthen our nation today. Our nation’s identity and prosperity is built upon multiculturalism and ethnic tolerance. However, this was not always the case it has taken many long and brutal years become the stable and versatile country that we are today. Specifically dating back to when this land was first founded and thereafter we see our nation has struggled with conflicts against politics, discrimination, and public affairs up till this very day.
Known to many as the ‘melting pot,’ the United States consists of a variety of cultures and peoples. Immigrants from near and far traveled and continue to do so for economic opportunities or to escape persecution. One particular group of people who immigrated to the United States were the Filipinos or Pinoys, as some like to call themselves. Due to its 400-year colonization by Spain and the United States, the Filipino American populace increased after the Philippines became a territory under U.S. control. The last Asiatic group to migrate to the United States, the Filipinos have contributed to the American society through a variety of occupations, such as sailors or nannies. Moreover, the U.S. colonization of the Philippines from
In Forging a New Vision of America 's Melting Pot by Gregory Rodriguez the author expresses support for a heavy Mexican influence in the United States and integration of races. The author made some points about how legislatures have tried to stop Mexicans from entering the country and have repeatedly tried to keep them down as second class citizens. It seems that he wants Mexicans to have more influence in mainstream media, but I feel as if he 's pushing it too strong. I 'm all for equality, but it seems that he wants Hispanics to take a very large piece of the pie. I prefer an equal amount of the pie for all. It seems that the issue the author is stating about discrimination and legislative action against Hispanics comes from issues stemming from the old days. He mentions the Nineteen-twenties Texas representative John C. Box and his controversial views on immigration of Mexicans, but then he states a strong support in the Nineteen-nineties and their “Latino issues are American issues” mantra. I see why some people may be worried that Mexicans are taking over, because they may lose a little of their culture. Although change isn 't always bad, we cannot just barge in and force a change. America is a diverse country and we have a piece of the whole world here, so for one social group to complain and want their influence to be on a grand scale is just preposterous. We all need to share this melting pot of stew.
America the great melting pot. Some have argued that the melting pot analogy is inaccurate. Instead America is like a tossed salad. A person can see all the individual ingredients that make up the salad. People will argue of what can go into a salad and what cannot go into just as people will argue about the place of certain groups with America. Some find disgust in certain groups of people and praise other. The situation is dynamic. The way people interact with groups are constantly changing and morphing due to different influences. Antisemitism is one of the ways people interact with the tossed salad that is America. Antisemitism in United States is on a decline because other groups are being used as scapegoats instead, Jews are not seen to pose a threat, a strong Holocaust remembrance, and the hatred of African Americans continues to be the predominate form of hate in the American context.
The melting pot myth is a belief that America is a society of equality and that racism is not applicable. Although racism is still a major issue in our society and thriving to this day. At a young age, people are taught that whites are greater than any of the other cultures, which causes many of us to create a sense of our own society. The melting pot society may have been an attempt to create equality, but was it ever truly an entity? The melting pot society is only a image for a culture containing different types of ethnicities and races that blend together as a whole, but it is not a society that contains any equality. The myth of unity will never become a reality, and here is why; the myth is used to create a glamorized version of American history where every immigrant was greeted with an equal opportunity for a better lifestyle (“Pluralism vs. Melting Pot” pdf, by Dr. Taylor); and it puts responsibility on an individual to face poverties and assimilations, which is more difficult for ethnic minorities, because of how race is perceived.
Throughout much of its history, the United States has often presented to the world an ideal of assimilation or, colloquially known as, the melting pot. Within the melting pot, it would not matter if one was from Pakistan or the Dominican Republic. If an immigrant worked hard and obey the law of the land, he/she and all his/her descendants will be considered as American as those that have lived here for generations. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. The problem with the supposed ideal of the melting pot is its own definition, it’s an ideal. Ideals are in essence a perfect version of a current system of values, not a reflection of reality. In reality the idea of the melting pot has been one exclusion, suppression, and forcible assimilation of entire groups of people. Native Americans were driven from their land and confined to reservations. African Americans were held under slavery and later Jim Crow. For Mexicans and Latinos, the situation was quite different. With the primary exception of immigration, there have been very few overt policies that have specifically targeted Latinos. These attacks have instead been more on the sublet, localized variety. To be more precise, it has not been by the basis of any racial identity but attacks of culture. These methods could be categorized into four specific groups.
Being American is more than just living between the blurred lines of red, white, and blue but defining how civility, humility, and inclusion helps mesh what is great about the United States of America. We take our liberties to be infinite and without protest when opposition does not infringe upon one's livelihood, but shroud those protections when a sector of the population brings light to injustice. Running to our comfort zones when the judgement is a burden or too difficult will never facilitate change, but will just harbor the resentment of the marginalized while muffling their cries. Can we really accept the love of our country if we refuse to understand one another's differences?
The United States is one of the biggest pluralistic countries in the world. It has a large number of immigration and this for the reason that there is opportunities available. This is a country full of many different types of people with their own cultures and beliefs. People practice intolerance towards different people by cause of their culture, even their skin color. Our history has given us certain rights protected by constitution, unfortunately some people do not respect those rights. Good people like Martin L. King Jr. fought for the rights that should have been given to individuals since birth. Expressing a belief should not be a discrimination. That is the lack of respect to any human being. There should be pluralism that avoids ostracism. People should embrace people’s differences and flaws and create a more accepting nation and a better opportunity for people to prosper. Even though blacks were freed from slavery, they are still not treated equally. Everyone should be treated equally, we are all humans and must work together to share the many opportunities that have been available to
According to The Bureau of International Information Programs of the US Department of State, "Becoming American: Beyond the Melting Pot" they stated that, "The United States has been ‘a permanently unfinished country' because it has been continuously built and rebuilt by immigration" (5). So what does it mean to be "American" in a country as diverse as the United States? In Immigration Issues: Major Issues in American history, Henry Bischoff stated, "The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else" (201). This acknowledges the fact that in order for immigrants to be given the favorable circumstances of being accepted into the American mainstream, it is required for them to lose their identity and adapt into
Many Americans assume that the concept of actually forming the melting pot ideology in America would be easy to obtain, that combining various cultures wouldn’t be that much of a challenge. However, an attempt to completely bring this ideology into society can cause problems among the population. With the rising tension between races in America with recent events, such as the race riots in Ferguson, Missouri, trying to incorporate different aspects of cultures would cause an explosion of hate crimes and racism due to the differences between them. The Melting Pot culture is one where several different cultures come together and adopt other parts into one single society. Jennifer Pozner, who is the executive director and founder of Women in
“When immigration was controlled, measured, and coupled with a confident approach to assimilation, America not only survived but thrived. Various ethnic groups enriched America with diverse art, food, music, and literature while accepting a common culture of American values and institutions” (Hanson). America has always been known for being a melting pot, considering it is a country filled with many diversities. Little do we know that with diversity arises many problematic situations. Although there are many people who strive to find common ground, it seems that with the way ignorant people think, we will never really find it.
The hidden stereotypes that’s labeled to every race should all be voided. We may be all different on the outside, but on the inside we still bleed red. We still have functional organs and we are all the same human beings therefore every hate group in America should be depleted. All extremism, hate, racism, and supremacism shouldn’t even exist in people’s minds. We should ban every existing hate group in America and condone it as illegal hopefully, but that would be impossible if we have one of their leaders as our president. Once every citizen of the United States works together and forms one nation instead of hating within and causing a civil war, we can maintain to protect and defeat all enemies that would be of a threat to America.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 47% of hate crimes are racially motivated. In second place, a tie between religion and sexual orientation account for about 19%. Many people face discrimination every day because of religion, where they’re from, and even what they look like, but it should not be this way. The definition of melting pot is a place where different peoples, styles, theories, etc., are mixed together. Using this definition you could say that some parts of the United states can be considered a melting pot. Living in the united states we are promised certain human rights and we should be able to be who we are without fear of being judged or discriminated against, but for some people that’s not the case. At first glance America may seem like a melting pot because of all the differences between the people here, but after a closer look you can see that those differences are rarely accepted and people are judged for their race, religion, and many other things.
The United States is commonly know as a melting pot of nations, in which people from around the world have emigrated to form a homogeneous yet varied culture. Although we come from different ethnic groups, we are usually bound together through our common English language. This becomes an issue, however, when immigrants are not familiar with English and American culture, and instead attempt to keep their own heritage alive. They are often torn between identities through language, the one they speak at home which they are familiar with, and the one they must adhere to in public. This often leads to struggle and conflict on both sides, dealing with different cultures and how people react when assimilation occurs. Because of this, living in the United States often requires us to completely accept only one identity, even though hints of the other may spill over at times.