Assimilation binds, separatism divides Americans
In January 1994, speaking in Milwaukee, then-vice president Al Gore gave a speech in which he appeared to have mistakenly translated the Latin-based national motto E Pluribus Unum as “Out of One, Many.”
“E Pluribus Unum,” our nation’s motto—- actually translates to “Out of Many, One,” and celebrates unity. People of various cultures and backgrounds joining together, with common goals, and the glue of a unifying language, uniting as Americans for their mutual benefit as well as that of our country.
The concept is uniquely American and has proven successful for countless generations.
As Michael Barone wrote about Gore in his book The New Americans: How the melting pot can work again, “one might guess that this was an inadvertent error, or evidence that Gore did not take Latin at St. Albans or Harvard. Except that in the words that followed he made it clear that they had come out as intended: “You all share the American belief that there is strength in all our differences,” he said, “that we can build a collective civic space large enough for all our separate identities.
Here Gore fundamentally aligned himself with a view widely prevalent among his fellow leftist partisans. So it comes as no surprise that the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) would run a front page, mega article titled, “A patchwork of diversity in valley.” It neatly dovetails with its parent Gannett publication, the hotel throwaway USAToday, stuck in the middle of the República to provide heft. That front page is nearly orgasmic in it’s breathless “Special Report” celebrating “The changing face of America.” The headline is “Second immigration wave reshapes nation —- by 2060, a new mosaic.”
Celebrating diversity has thrust us backwards, crushing meaningful reforms. Now, however, the separatism is self-imposed. With the advent of racially based college dorms and separatist race-based studies programs, we have a permanently aggrieved society where status is achieved through victimhood. Minority/majority residents of congressional, state legislative and city council districts have come to believe that only a representative of a specific race can comprehend “their” issues, engaging in ugly, Balkanized battles, fueled by once respected leaders.
Worse is the divisive concept of hyphenated Americans. As an example, people whose families have no familiarity with Africa refer to themselves as African-Americans.
Gore was mocked for what was widely regarded as a mistake. Yet he should have been praised by his allies in the institutional left, because it is precisely how they view the uniquely American idea of the melting pot. They despise the concept of assimilation. Liberals don’t want us all to melt into a common culture and set of ideals, where legal immigrants proudly claim our nation‘s history as their own. Far better, goes their logic, is dividing us along racial, ethnic and class lines because in their minds, far more separates us than unites us. Besides, those of European ancestry have had their day in the sun.
The Arizona Republic is a perfect example of such a corrosive mindset.