Seeing the strength of America’s diversity |

Seeing the strength of America’s diversity

There are those among us who apparently would like to see the etchings on the Statue of Liberty changed.

Since the Craig Daily Press has started its series on the impact that a growing Spanish-speaking population has had on Moffat County, insidious opinions, written with the pen of stereotypes in the language of ignorance, have changed the statue’s welcome to immigrants to “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses but only if they speak English.”

We don’t argue that immigrants who come to the United States would be better off if they learned the predominant language of the country, just as a U.S. citizen would be better off knowing the language of any foreign country to which he or she travelled.

Vitriolic spew, offered anonymously, that includes “They seem to be taking over what was OUR community … and making us a minority in our own town” or “We speek (sic) English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!” clearly is a product of short-sightedness and an inability to appreciate the benefits of diversity.

We think this is sad.

One writer says that there are “a few things that those who have recently come to our country and apparently some born here, need to understand.

“As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle.”

We agree. This culture includes the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, Ash Wednesday, Yom Kippur, Ramadan, and Cinco de Mayo, making the country all the better for it.

The writer adds: “This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.”

We would argue that our national identity has been developed and strengthened through diversity based on the traditional concept of the melting pot. The “national identity” this writer refers to is one step away from a nationalist party.

That’s been tried before in a different country.

They were called Nazis.

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