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Has diversity benefited the USA?

Has ethnic/racial/cultural/religious diversity benefited the USA?

  • Yes, people are happier and the country is better than ever in history

    Votes: 48 44.0%
  • No, people are angrier with escalating conflicts and problems

    Votes: 20 18.3%
  • Yes and No. It depends which demographic you are

    Votes: 20 18.3%
  • Other

    Votes: 21 19.3%

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?
 
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It takes a special kind of intentional ignorance to not understand how a diversity of perspectives result in the most just and efficient solutions.
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?

On the whole yes.
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history.

That's not true. Hardly the case! The first waves of European immigrants in the 20th Century were massively more "diverse" than from each other or other Americans. Way more than any immigrant today; or even how the United States looks today.

Back then English was not a worldly language taught in the education systems of other countries. Where nearly all non-UK immigrants had zero familiarity with the English language.

Back then Catholics and Protests joined gangs and fought bloody warfare with each other because of religious "differences."

Back then the Irish, Italians and other Southern Europeans were viewed as different, lesser races.

Back then American culture did not have worldwide hegemony: Where you could not go to a bar in rural Thailand and be greeted by Lady Gaga singing her heart out. (... and I can personally vouch for how American Hollywood culture is consumed and celebrated even in the farthest-flung corners of the world.)

Back then, before smartphones, the internet, airline travel, international news organizations (BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, etc.), Skyping and all the things that allow even a child to meet or visit people from around the world, there was no way for an immigrant to be familiar with or understand a country he/she was moving too.
 
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If you want to create a great sword, don't just make it out of iron. Use a combination of metals, such as iron and nickel. Assuming you process the metals together correctly, you'll get an alloy that will make a great sword. But if you can't properly combine them the sword will be weak and possibly shatter.
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?

Diversity has always been great for this nation, until liberals started to race-bait every chance they get.
 

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Diversity benefits the USA, to a point.

There's also downsides, especially if there's a lack of assimilation by new arrivals, as we've seen in European countries.

The downside of diversity
A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life. What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth?
By Michael Jonas | August 5, 2007
The downside of diversity - The Boston Globe

Society needs to have commonality in the social fabric in order to have a functioning society at all.
 

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Has diversity benefited the USA?

Sure.... we have some really interesting fusion foods now.
 

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A society is based upon cohesion, not diversity.
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?

Of course we're better off now than we were in the 1960's and before. We'd be even better off if Racist whites just learned to get along with others.
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?

Why didn't you make this a public poll .... so no one can hide behind anonymity?
 

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A society is based upon cohesion, not diversity.

:roll:

You don't strike me as a conformist, Joko. Be careful what you wish for.
 

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A society is based upon cohesion, not diversity.

Cohesion and diversity are not mutually exclusive. This country is a huge melting pot of diversity.
 

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It takes a special kind of intentional ignorance to not understand how a diversity of perspectives result in the most just and efficient solutions.

As long as we have freedom of thought and expression, that's possible, and the people we owe the greatest gratitude for that were English. Unfortunately, for most of the population of this planet, individual rights and freedoms form the basis of fantasy.
 

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As long as we have freedom of thought and expression, that's possible, and the people we owe the greatest gratitude for that were English. Unfortunately, for most of the population of this planet, individual rights and freedoms form the basis of fantasy.

I don't owe the English. They can suck my ass.
 

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Of course we're better off now than we were in the 1960's and before. We'd be even better off if Racist whites just learned to get along with others.

Do you think racism is only delegated to whites in American? :confused:...there is racism and division even among black against blacks because of their skin tone. Latinos dislike illegal undercutting their jobs and wages. The fact is in Mexico there a majority race problem between native Mexicans and European descended Mexicans.
 

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i don't participate in polls that have lousy options. however, yes, we are better off as an ethnically and culturally diverse nation, IMO.
 

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I will not answer the poll question directly, lest I violate strict forum rules regarding hot potato topics.

I will just say that I personally feel that a truly harmonious society is only possible when at least 90% of a nation's population are of the same ethnicity, speak the same language, and share the same cultural values. My example, of course, is Japan.
 

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Hardly the case! The first waves of European immigrants in the 20th Century were massively more "diverse" than from each other or other Americans. Way more than any immigrant today; or even how the United States looks today.

Back then English was not a worldly language taught in the education systems of other countries. Where nearly all non-UK immigrants had zero familiarity with the English language.

Back then Catholics and Protests joined gangs and fought bloody warfare with each other because of religious "differences."

Back then the Irish, Italians and other Southern Europeans were viewed as different, lesser races.

Back then American culture did not have worldwide hegemony: Where you could not go to a bar in rural Thailand and be greeted by Lady Gaga singing her heart out. (... and I can personally vouch for how American Hollywood culture is consumed and celebrated even in the farthest-flung corners of the world.)
Props for tacitly noting diversity is multidimensional.

Facts and projections re: key dimensions of diversity:

  • Definition:
    • In everyday language, “diversity” often refers to racial and ethnic variation; however, demographers provide a precise and quantifiable, thus more usable definition: the greater the number of racial/ethnic groups in the community, and the more equal in size the groups are, the greater the diversity.
  • Linguistic Diversity:
    US linguistic diversity waned from the 18th century, and after the 1970s, it's begun to increase.
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity
    • The Changing Racial and Ethnic Composition of the US Population: Emerging American Identities
      • The racial and ethnic makeup of the American people is in flux. New immigrants from Asia and Latin America have added a large measure of cultural and phenotypic diversity to the American population in recent decades, just as waves of immigrants from Southern and Eastern Europe did a century ago. Moreover, the boundaries between racial and ethnic groups are becoming blurred by high rates of intermarriage and the growing number of persons with mixed ancestry.

        Descriptions and projections of the racial and ethnic composition of the American people appear kaleidoscopic, with varied accounts and interpretations. Some commentators anticipate a new melting pot, often labeled as the “browning of America,” characterized by continued blurring of once-distinct racial and ethnic divisions. This interpretation is consistent with the thesis of the declining significance of race and ethnicity in American society. Others see new racial divisions arising as some immigrant groups are allowed to integrate with an expanded and privileged white population, while other groups are “racialized” as disadvantaged brown and black minorities. These conflicting accounts arise, in part, because of differing ideological presuppositions, but also because racial and ethnic identities are not mutually exclusive or immutable.
    • Is Ethnoracial Residential Integration on the Rise? Evidence from Metropolitan and Micropolitan America Since 1980
      • Yes. Diversity has increased in 98 percent of all metropolitan areas, and 97 percent of smaller cities in the U.S. since 1980.
    • No-Majority Communities: Racial Diversity and Change at the Local Level
      • The United States is experiencing a profound increase in racial and ethnic diversity, although its communities are experiencing the trend differently depending on their size and location. Older cohorts of places that became no-majority decades ago moved toward Latino or Black majorities, whereas those in recent cohorts tended to persist as no-majority places. Most of these communities continued to diversify in the decades after first becoming no-majority and remain quite diverse today.
      • This led to an increase in no-majority communities -- including in California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii, more than 1,100 cities and towns, 110 counties.
    • Projected changes in racial/ethnic diversity

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Behavior has nothing to do with the extent of existential diversity.

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Our forebears construed as so myriad things that have later been found to be not so. The fact of their thinking so has no bearing on the nature and extent of existential diversity at the time.

While Irish, Italian, etc. were seen as different ethnicities, on what grounds were they considered different races?
 

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The USA is more ethnically, racially, culturally and religiously diverse than it has ever been in our history. If diversity is a good thing, then the USA should be a better country in its better condition economically and socially with people the happiest they have ever been.

Has diversity benefited the USA?

Yes, diversity has benefited the US. I shudder to think where we would be as a nation if we accepted only a homogenous citizenry.
 
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