Thomas G. Mungall wrote:
>tell *is* this country's culture? I might buy the regional culture concept
>but what *is* that? Multi-culturalism! I really want an answer from
>somebody though regarding *what* the American culture IS!
Ok here goes...
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.
Although someone might lay claim to a particular ethnic heritage, they
are still Americans first. After all, it is the culture of America that
allows one to do this will relatively little to no persecution. Ask
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.
Personally, I think it's great, and I believe that there is strength in
diversity when it is bound by a common ideology. It's a tricky thing that
few cultures have managed.
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