Topic Reading-Vol.2110-1/20/2018

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Topic Reading-Vol.2110-1/20/2018

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2018/01/20 Topic Reading-Vol.2110-1/20/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

America is changing

America is a land of opportunity, and thus it is a land of immigrants. It was how the nation of immigrants started and has been that way ever since, for over 240 years. But racial and ethnic diversity hadn’t been recognized or expanded until the 1960s when civil rights and immigration laws changed the scope of individual identity and their opportunities. For example, in the late 18th century, the census had only three categories for race: free whites, other free persons, and slaves. Now there are over 60 options to choose from and more than one race option can be claimed. Also, only less than four out of every 100 African Americans held bachelor’s degree in 1960, but the number has risen to 23 now.

Equal opportunity and diversity are tightly connected, and they seem to be the driving force of the United States, no matter what the incumbent administration does or says. In fact, the U.S. is expected to become majority minority in 50 years, three centuries after the independence.

Will that cause more problems or bring more prosperity?

Enjoy reading and thinking which should construct the nation, a bridge or a wall.


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