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.
<ul><li>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 </li></ul>
<ul><li>Today’s practical challenge is more to reduce the probability of ethnic imperialism by responding meaningfully to the differences between people, as well as to the needs they can forcefully express </li></ul>
<ul><li>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.” </li></ul>
<ul><li>Politically, in a representative democracy, the magnitudes of our diversities demand attention . </li></ul>
<ul><li>President Bill Clinton concurs and leaves little doubt about two basic points: </li></ul><ul><li>1.“We have become a diverse people of many colours, languages and beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>2.Now we have the opportunity to insure that diversity is a source of great strength and pride around the world.” </li></ul>