The Melting Pot Theory Not True

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The melting pot is a theory in which came about in the Revolutionary period by Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur. His theory envisioned that America was a “melting pot”, where individuals of all nations are melted together to become a new race of men. The term melting pot refers to the idea that societies formed by immigrants of different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups, will produce new hybrid social and cultural forms. The notion comes from the pot in which metals are melted at great heat, melding together into new compounds. How can this melting pot theory be true if there is still racism and “cliques” in the world today? A more accurate comparison would be America as a great bowl of salad, where each of the many ingredients are tossed together while each retains its own identity, as compared to the melting pot theory where everyone is put together and lose their discrete identities. The immigrants brought, and still are bringing today, different cultures, where each of these cultures has kept their identity to make up America as a whole. Every distinctive culture or belief is considered to be one of the ingredients that contribute in forming the whole; therefore its original shape and characteristics are maintained. First, the melting pot theory is almost hypocritical to America, as it goes against what it is said to be, which is the “land of the free and home of the brave”. If everyone who came to the United States was expected to “melt” in with the rest, then how is this free and brave? America is a dream, and the salad bowl goes with the immigrant’s original dream, to come to America and be free, practice their own religion and have their own identity. These people who came to America were sick of being told what to believe or what to do, and they wanted to come here to be seen as their own persons, not billions mixed together as one. Not only does the melting pot theory go against perception of what America is supposed to be, it goes...
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