MELTING POT APPROACH This view of ADAPTATION and ASSIMILATION constituted the official ideology, as in the curious concept of “individuals of all nations melted into a new race of men”. Hence the melting pot.
If this ever were practical or desirable, today is not the time. The “pot” promised somehow to render all distinctions into a homogeneous glob, but in practice that tended to require repression of individual differences, values and experiences via thoroughgoing pressures to conform to the dominant cultural prescriptions
As R Roosevelt Thomas Jr observes representing many others, not only have the demographics changed, but so have some basic tendencies. Thomas explains: “Increasingly today, people are celebrating the things that make them different. They are more reluctant to put their differences on hold.”