In time, we will all be melting pots of each other. Go to an airport someday and look around. Watch everyone that boards your plane. Clearly America is no longer a land of white Anglo-Saxons. We are from every location, every race, every color, every creed, and as the internet and jet travel and migration continue to bring us together, people will increasingly cross national and racial lines to join and build lifelong relationships.
America has been called a melting pot, but it seems better to call it a mosaic, for in it each nation, people or race which has come to its shores has been privileged to keep its individuality, contributing at the same time its share to the unified pattern of a new nation.King Baudouin of Belgium, 1930 – 1993
Social change is like a strong flowing river where you can try to swim upstream initially, but eventually you must acquiesce to the power and direction of the river. The growing melting pot is a social flowing river and to try and swim upstream to turn back the clock and make America all-white and all-Christian not only will not happen, but it should not happen.
We’ll need to embrace this fact and face the challenge of making our country work for everybody. It won’t be easy and there will be big problems along the way, but it is the inevitable evolution of every country that they can no longer remain homogeneous in race, but will all be melting pots of each other. The longer we fight against this, the more problems we will cause and the harder it will be to achieve a lasting peace inside and outside our countries and populations.
However, Americans need to accept the competing tensions between two issues: our openness and respect for all immigrant populations; and, the fact that dysfunctional immigration processes do cause problems for all of us (illegal drugs, terrorism, crime, overloaded social systems). The goal should be as it is in so many cases, to reach a reasonable, fair, and equitable balance between these two priorities.
- Dreamers: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (11/16/20)