Posts Tagged ‘ salad bowl ’

The Case for Stew

By Amanda Bertsch

 

It’s a familiar enough metaphor: America is either the melting pot of unity or the salad bowl of multiculturalism. Last Wednesday’s opinion piece dissected one view of the issue. Others strongly disagree. Yet there seems to be no good choice here.

In the melting pot, Americans have a strong sense of national identity. A shared cultural background unifies the wide country despite other (often political) differences. However, minorities may find themselves forced to assimilate, losing rich cultural histories in favor of a primarily white Christian narrative.

In the salad bowl, these different identities coexist peacefully. The juxtaposition between cultures enriches society. However, some may find themselves struggling to communicate with distinct and disparate areas of culture, so the country feels splintered.

Ironically, this debate about how to achieve national unity has become uniquely polarizing. Republicans tend to align with the melting pot model, while Democrats advocate the salad bowl. Many people in the middle offer some half-remembered explanation from eighth grade civics. Yet the truly impressive fact of this debate is society’s willingness to accept that narrative.

The melting pot vs. salad bowl debate is a false dichotomy. Continue reading

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Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?

By Markus Weinzinger

 

As always, opinion articles reflect only the personal beliefs of the author and not necessarily those of the Denobis staff, Denobis editors, or Tri-City Prep as a whole.

 

America is the premier mixed-culture nation on Earth. It’s a country where people from the world over have come to flee tyranny or to start from scratch. It is from this reality that America is known as the “melting pot,” that perfect blend of every spice, savor, and sweetener. Arriving in America, immigrants are no longer obligated to keep themselves tethered to their native culture. They have the wonderful opportunity to participate as citizens of the freest nation and pursue their dreams. Why then, is the melting pot established long ago tipping over and down the drain?

Replacing the melting pot practice is a new policy that’s emerged in the U.S. and in Europe: multiculturalism. Stemming from the left-wing school of thought, multiculturalism is the practice of multiple cultures coexisting. Sounds great: people get to see and experience the dances, cuisines, and costumes of rich cultures. However, multiculturalism doesn’t mean those cultures are obligated to cooperate or contribute to society. Multiculturalism’s effects can be seen as plain as day in Europe, which is on the frontline of the migrant crisis.

Since the migrant crisis flowed from Syria in the thick of intense conflict, Europe hasn’t hesitated in the least in lending a helping hand. The pictures and news reels report droves of migrants entering wide-open gates, smiles perched on their lips. Politicians like German chancellor Angela Merkel praised the efforts as an amazing display of the Western world’s tolerant and warm social atmosphere. The good feelings would be ephemeral, however. Continue reading

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