We Can All Share American Culture

What then is the American, this new man?" asked French immigrant Hector St. John de Crevecoeur in 1782. Two hundred ten years later, many Americans answer, "No one." America has always treated its ethnic and racial minorities abominably. The only consolation they have for being shut out of the mainstream is that they should never have wanted to join it in the first place. Happily -- what with multicultural education and bilingualism -- the very concept of a mainstream is being junked.

The facts that get pitched around in the multicultural debate are all familiar. Immigration has reached levels higher than...

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