The 21st century will be the century in which we redefine ourselves as the first country in world history that is literally made up of every part of the world. —Mr. Kenneth Prewitt, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, 1998–2001
The kaleidoscope of cultures has traditionally been referred to as a “melting pot,” welcoming individuals from many different countries, races, and religions, all hoping to find freedom, opportunities, and a better life. Today, the demographics of the United States of America comprises of 75.1% Whites, 12.5 % Latinos, 12.3% African Americans, 3.6% Asian American and Native American make up 0.7% of the total population.
In 2013, approximately 41.3 million immigrants lived in the United States; this is an all-time high. Nearly one-quarter of the overall U.S. population is either of the first or second generation. America began with waves of immigrants, bringing their own cultures and values to this prosperous country. No other place in the world has such a diverse population. It is this diversity that makes America who it is.
Today, multiculturalism is becoming a standard instead of assimilating to the new environment. The old “melting pot” image is giving way to a new mosaic image. Immigrants are not being blended in one “pot,” but instead they are transforming our society into a truly multicultural mosaic.
If you reside in America and are an immigrant, I want to have a conversation with you. Where are you from? What values have you kept from your homeland? How have you assimilated to the America culture? Do you agree that America is becoming a mosaic? I would love to get your input on this subject.