As of April 30, , the United States has a total resident population of , , , making it the third most populous country in the world. The Bradley Project, established by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in , took a national survey that showed the bifurcation of American society and the degrading of the national heritage and ideas. Devotion to freedom is considered to be the definition of American national identity.
People are concerned that Americans became so divided that they can no longer have a joint, general identity. The respondents below 35 years old even claimed that there is no national identity at all. The Bradley Project was created to help in initiating a conversation about identity crises in America, to repair the balance that can unite the diverse nation, with all its cultural characteristics and unique features with its focuses on the similarities and different ways to find a common ground, but not a uniform faced country.
The Bradley Project suggested that children should be taught history in schools in order to learn about the past, as well as immigrants should be taught American values and educated in the principles of American democracy.
Future With the immigration crises and no clear idea of what the future of the nation would look like, I think, Americans should consider the questions, like who they are and what kind of nation they want to be.
The immigrants should be respectful and willing to contribute to the nation that welcomed them in its lands. One can eat whatever components of the salad he or she wants. Similarly, people living in America are basically able to manage culture the same way. If immigrants wish to assimilate completely, that option is totally possible. However, if immigrants wish to live as close a life as they were in their native country, that alternative is also fairly achievable.
In this way, America is very much a salad bowl. So how is this problem solved? How does America go from salad bowl to melting pot? Further, does America want to be a melting pot, or is being a salad bowl the best option? Solutions like this one are complicated. Immigration provides a variety of religions, clothing, celebrations, and food to America. Immigrants come from all over the world even today.
They come for a multiple of reasons, too. They have benefited America in multiple ways also. The term melting pot suggests that immigrants should assimilate into American culture.
Instead, America should be looked upon as a salad bowl society or a mosaic work of art allowing our newcomers to bring their racial and ethnic differences to the country. From an early age every "American" is taught that America contains a mixture of the world 's cultures in a perfectly blended mixture.
We honor and respect all cultures and invite them to bring their customs here to the United States. For Americans to ask immigrants to assimilate to our behaviors and needs is not right and is selfish.
Instead, we should be encouraging new behaviors, cultures, and experiences because we are a country of diversity which, metaphorically, opens its welcoming arms to new and different people. Immigrants were once assimilating to the American culture, but now they are now integrating and bringing their individual differences to the playing field resulting in an enhancement throughout our diversity.
This salad bowl society is the theory that we should be adopting in order to encourage the immigrants to bring their cultures and heritages with them and embrace their differences. By allowing our immigrants to retain their differences, we are expanding the great diversity that America holds.
With newcomers entering our country we are being exposed to different ideas, values and talent that we may not have come across before.
The different talents that are brought here can broaden our businesses and begin to make them more marketable and profitable. Not only does this allow for a diversity to exist, but celebrates and recognizes the people of different backgrounds that are in our country. Identifying and making a point to rejoice the many immigrants that have come here to enhance are differences is very important and needs to be done often.
Some Americans have feared that these immigrants are coming to our country to take away the jobs that are offered to us; however, immigrants that are coming here looking for work are applying for the positions that Americans do not consider desirable and do not want to fulfill.
This enrichment that immigrants are bringing into our country is leaving a win-win situation for everyone. Immigrants are able to have a job and provide support and security for themselves and their families while the native born citizens are able to experience and develop a better well rounded character and work ethic. The topic of immigration is and always will be a controversial subject for many.
The truth is, as I mentioned earlier, immigration is not going anywhere anytime soon. Americans need to educate themselves on the facts and statistics rather than forming their own opinion based on their feelings against other races and ethnicities.
According to this act, the government was authorized to move Native Americans from their homelands to lands that were located west of the Mississippi River, thus making more space for European — Americans. But do we really? He will be the fusion of all races, perhaps the coming superman…the glory of America, where all races and nations come to labor and look forward. So how is this problem solved? For as far back as history books go there have been stories about people moving from one place to another.
Another aspect to consider is the level of integration even in areas with higher percentages of immigrants. Americans think only positive thoughts when they ponder the myth of the melting pot.
Most people come to America voluntarily, but very few come unwillingly Instead of settling down in a rural or homogenous area and adjusting lifestyles, immigrants seek out locations where there will be a population they are already accustomed to and comfortable with. For as far back as history books go there have been stories about people moving from one place to another. The respondents below 35 years old even claimed that there is no national identity at all. I will tell you why. These beliefs have generated two popular metaphors: the melting pot and the salad bowl.
Americans are satisfied with the same old daily routines that never change or bring anything new into their lives. Some other race. It is because of Immigration. Solutions like this one are complicated.