On Wed, 14 Feb 1996, Iain Barksdale wrote:
> First, America is NOT a multicultural society. This is a concept that has
> been stolen from we us anthropologists, and wholly misused by
> politicians, educators and the "politically correct". The world is
> American culture is predominantly shaped by political thought. The main
> tenets of US culture are containied within the Declaration of
> Independence and The Constitution. Our belief in individual freedom is
> one example. The culture of America supports the acceptance of a
> multitude of subcultures existing within the main US culture.
i'm sure thomas jefferson was thinking that when writing the declaration,
while his slaves prepared dinner.
perhaps then the usa is a multi-subcultural society. same thing. i
don't understand why you are denying usa multiculturalism in your first
paragraph and defining it in your second. one could say that the world
supports the acceptance of a multitude of subcultures existing within the
main world culture or that new york supports the acceptance of.... and so on.
> Although someone might lay claim to a particular ethnic heritage, they
> are still Americans first.
i said this a few weeks ago and it bears repeating. i (and we) am not
american first. i am just a person, and being american, scottish, irish,
male, catholic, whatever, are not strictly ranked, they are just aspects
that make up who i am. why this push to be american before anything
else? the country is not going to break up anytime soon and it will just
increase the differences between americans and the rest of the world.
> yourself, "For what reasons to folk from other nations/cultures flock to
> America's shores?". These reasons are the definition of American
> culture--our main system of tradtions, customs and shared behaviours.
> America is a culture that is based on diversity feuled by freedom.
people come to the usa because of our shared behaviors? i thought they
came to make a buck. most people move around the world for economic
reasons or to escape a bad situation at home.
i have a korean student in my linguistics class who is not here because
of shared cultures, her parents came here hoping to find work, fleeing
korea. she recently changed her name from "so ling" to "susan" to avoid
the trouble she was having. this country did not let her be herself.
this country likes you when you speak english and conform to popular
culture. nothing in our declaration or constitution should do that.