Fiery colors dance around the citrus-tasting room, leaving a trail of vibrant fabric and food in its wake. In the aromatic swirls of spice and zest, cheers of “Feliz año Nuevo!” fruity as succulent oranges fill the room so carefully decorated with bright greens and yellows. It is the New Year in New Mexico, and this family is celebrating according to their traditions just like the rest of the USA. This is the picture of something very important to our society. It is multiculturalism and diversity, in heritage and traditions, and gives our country equality, peace, and new viewpoints. Thus, the most important tradition in the United States of America is the freedom for each person to practice his or her own traditions.
The melting pot, by definition, was a boiling down of cultures and personal background to a white, homogeneous, European-American soup that says to speak American when you are in America and endorses the 2.5 kids and white picket fence “dream” that we so determinately cherish.
Since the 1970’s, that dream has been unsettled. The people of minority, who have had their culture and traditions repressed by this burden of assimilation, are taking a stand against whiteness that rejects their backgrounds and at the same time cruelly mocks it with appropriation of sacrosanct traditions. This stand turned a nation that once unquestioningly worshiped its ancestor’s stuffy rituals into one that embraced diversity and disparateness. Despite the griping from neophobic traditionalists that argue Americans are losing their background when they allow others to practice cultures different from theirs, diversity in traditions is important for many reasons. One is equality.
In 1882, the US government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act. This is because the European-Americans were livid that the Chinese people did not want to accept American traditions, among other claims (the Chinese people were stealing their jobs,...