Defining the proper role for a citizen or
individual in society and how our actions relate to that proper role.
"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American." George W. Bush
America's population reflects remarkable ethnic diversity. More than 20 percent of the population of two major cities, Los Angeles and New York, were born in another country. In some other major cities (including San Francisco and Chicago) more than one of every ten residents is foreign born. Non-white people outnumber whites in several large cities. Newspapers commonly use such terms as "Asian American," "Italian American," and "African American" to reflect the persistence of various ethnic heritages within the United States.
There are people whose skin is labeled white, black, brown, yellow and red.
America's population includes Catholics, Protestants of many denominations, Jews of several persuasions, Moslems, Buddhists, animists, and people who believe in no Supreme Being or higher power. There are people who have many years of formal education and people who have nearly none. There are the very rich as well as the very poor. There are Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Socialists, Communists, Libertarians, and adherents of other political views as well. There are lawyers, farmers, plumbers, teachers, social workers, immigration officers and people in thousands of other occupations. Some live in urban areas and some in rural ones. Given all this diversity, we must all work together to be good citizens within our community. How do...