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Is the Melting Pot Boiling Over?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on June 16th, 2007

I grew up a few miles from UCLA and took a few courses in the summer between semesters at USC. It’s always been a diverse campus where anyone can get a great education subsidized by the state of California.

Now, with graduation season in full bloom, I read the following article in the City Journal and feel completely outraged and disturbed. It’s called, “Let the Segregation Commence – Separatist graduations proliferate at UCLA” by John Leo.

“Commencement weekend is hard to plan at the University of California, Los Angeles. The university now has so many separate identity-group graduations that scheduling them not to conflict with one another is a challenge. The women’s studies graduation and the Chicana/Chicano studies graduation are both set for 10 AM Saturday. The broader Hispanic graduation, “Raza,” is in near-conflict with the black graduation, which starts just an hour later.

Planning was easier before a new crop of ethnic groups pushed for inclusion. Students of Asian heritage were once content with the Asian–Pacific Islanders ceremony. But now there are separate Filipino and Vietnamese commencements, and some talk of a Cambodian one in the future.Years ago, UCLA sponsored an Iranian graduation, but the school’s commencement office couldn’t tell me if the event was still around. The entire Middle East may yet be a fertile source for UCLA commencements.”

When you read the article (link below), note the part where the university administration encourages non-whites to arrive at campus in the fall to “bond” before the caucasian students arrive.

This article disturbs the hell out of me. The concept of the “melting pot” has served us well in the United States, even if imperfectly executed. Now, we underline our differences and highlight our racial, religious and gender-based point’s of view in the name of “diversity” and wrap it up in a “victimhood.”

Without a sense of a common future will the distinct groups in the U.S. really stand for what’s best for the country as a whole? Is the future one of more politics of separation? Do you want to live with that?  I, for one, do not.

What do you think?  Read the Article and let me know.      


3 Responses to “Is the Melting Pot Boiling Over?”

  1. Bruce Gibson Says:

    I’m a native Californian, but I generally keep that to myself. I’m very concerned with a lot of what’s going on out there. It’s become a disease that spreads Eastward.

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  3. Russ Gillis Says:

    The kind of racism described in the article WILL be the undoing of our great nation.

    Just look at much of the rest of the world: squabbling separatist hate groups killing each other by the thousands; weak, indecisive leadership encouraging corrupt and unstable governance, unable to keep the peace and unable to serve the needs of their populace.

    “E Pluribus Unum.” “Together we stand, divided we fall.” There is truth in these mottos.

    Socialists began taking over the Democratic Party during the early sixties with the long range goal of destroying American ideals from within. Judging from what we see in politics today, they are making deep inroads into the Republican party as well.

    (Does anyone else remember Nikita Khrushchev – Premier of Soviet Union from 1958 to 1964 – saying “We will bury you without firing a shot.”)

    Institutionalizing ideas such as “separatist graduations” plays directly into these efforts.

    Sadly, if we try to stand for everything, we will stand for nothing.

    Without a clear vision regarding who we want to be as a nation (and a culture), and, without the strength and will to make that vision into a reality, the ‘Great American Experiment’ will become less than a footnote in the politically correct textbooks of the future.

    We are quickly running out of time (and the freedom) to change the course upon which we find ourselves.

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