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We should look beyond labels

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor:

According to the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 281.4 million people in the United States, a 13.2 percent increase from the 248.7 million in the 1990 census.

As our country grows, there is an increase in the idea of multiculturalism. Historically, our country was founded on the theory of multiculturalism, and now it seems like America is shunning the way our country was formed.

America is known to be the “melting pot,” embracing all cultures that are represented in the country. Doesn’t this theory give a false impression?

The “melting pot” theory is a metaphorical way of stating that America assimilates cultures to our “American” culture and allows for the other cultures to deteriorate.

As the United States of America, the First Amendment gives us human rights, which included being able to maintain our own culture and not have the pressure of Anglo-conformity influencing people to forget where they came from or who they are.

As a country, we strive each day to uphold the standards that were granted by the people who “founded” America, and ensure “liberty and justice for all.”

Multiculturalism is a political and social movement, so I challenge people to start looking beyond people’s skin color, religion, ethnicity, gender and social class and see a person for who they inevitably are—human.