Diversity – A Look Back

Everybody now kowtows to the concept of diversity.  (Except the white south having its Confederacy – that sort of diversity doesn’t count)  But you know and I know the nation wasn’t fashioned with any such thing as diversity in mind.  Indeed, quite the contrary.  America was all about assimilation which was viewed as an immensely powerful force.  And if we need a reminder about how powerful our forefathers thought it we only have to consider the following lines from Isreal Zangwill’s 1920s play The Melting Pot (Hat Tip Paul Johnson):

“Here you stand good folk think I, when I see them at Ellis Island, here you stand in your fifty groups and your fifty blood hatreds and rivalries, but you won’t be long like that brothers, for these are the fires of God you’ve come to…”

Ellis IslandBut of the idea of America as a powerful force which will change you into a new and better human being is no longer valued indeed despised by the “elite” as immoral or culturally hegemonistic. Instead every other backyard loser culture in the world should be celebrated.  And of closer to home school teachers should celebrate students who can’t read or write, all of us celebrate those whose life decisions bought them a ticket on Uncle Sam’s dependency train, priests those who go to communion without being shriven of their sins, feminists women who kill their babies and Liberal Arts university professors should celebrate everybody except those who salute the flag and go to church.  Indeed  celebrate Castro in the same manner and fashion earlier Liberals celebrated Stalin.