City Journal: Kenny Xu on the difference between multiculturalism and diversity.
[It's as great as the difference between equality and equity or goals and quotas.]
Immigrants shape America and America shapes immigrants. That's one of our strengths. In a variety of ways and over time, all Americans become a little bit of all groups. We are diverse, but we also favor assimilation in order to maintain a common American culture that is tolerant while operating within certain key boundaries.
And that's important. We don't want to become another Bosnia or another Beirut.
Some favor what they call a salad bowl of unmixed ingredients.
I'll pass on that if only because of its dismal historical record.
Put me down for the melting pot.