And America’s exalted idealism has made it criticized as less than good when it was not always perfect.
Nonetheless, for those who see America becoming a multicultural state of unassimilated tribes and competing racial groups, history will not be kind.
At times, “Volk” in German and “Raza” in Spanish (and “Razza” in Italian) meant more than just shared language, residence, or culture; those words also included a racial essence.
Even today, it would be hard for someone Japanese to be fully accepted as a Mexican citizen, or for a native-born Mexican to migrate and become a Japanese citizen.
For Japanese, the “gaijin” are those who by nationality, ethnicity, and race cannot become fully Japanese.
In 18th-century Castilian Spain, “gringo” meant any foreign, non-native speakers of Spanish.
Edgar Allan Poe and Langston Hughes were categorized as “white male” or “black” rather than as “American” authors.
#related#Past discrimination and injustice may explain the current backlash against melting-pot unity.
Eventually, anyone who was willing to give up his prior identity and assume a new American persona became American.
The United States has always cherished its “melting pot” ethos of When immigration was controlled, measured, and coupled with a confident approach to assimilation, America thrived.