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Really great post, thought provoking and something I needed to read today.
In 1976, the Schoolhouse Rock creators began working on a series to celebrate and highlight the bicentennial which they titled “America Rock.” My favorite of the America Rock series was “The Great American Melting Pot” with the image of all these little kids jumping into a swimming pool “pot” shaped like the United States. Of course, as an internationally adopted kid, “The Great American Melting Pot” was a comforting notion. Heck, the United States is a country MADE of immigrants like myself! Right?
Uh, wrong. Looking back at TGAMP with fresh and adult eyes, here is what I noticed: American was founded by the English, German, French and Dutch. And the “immigrants” who came “in search of honest pay” were Russian and Italian.
Hm. Nary a Korean, Nigerian, Iranian, Japanese, Indian, Kenyan or Samoan.
According to the 1970s version of the United States, this country was only made up of European and Eastern Europeans.
Nothing about the people who were already on the land. Nothing about the slaves and indentured servants kidnapped and stolen and forced to “immigrate.”
In short, nothing but a happy, pastel rainbow version of how great all the “immigrants” have “melted” into a giant pot.