Candon A. Clannach wrote:
>Has the United States really managed it?
I think we have to a great extent. I also think that the UK has done a
good job at it, too. However, it's not perfect, it never will be due to
basic human nature. The intense focus on ethnicity/multiculturalism and
individualism that has been growing in the past decades is causing
serious problems. When we focus more on our "ethnicity" than our
"American-ness" we start to lose our common bond, multi-lingualism in the
US is one of the biggest culprits. A common language is one of the best
"social glues" next to a common religion.
As far as "ethnic heritage" is concerned, I have friends in the UK that
find it totally bizarre that we consider ourselves anything other than
Americans. One of my Irish friends can hardly keep from laughing when an
American say, "I'm Irish, or part-Irish."
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