America: It is who we are

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America: It is who we are.

America embraces diversity. Humans, on the other hand, not so much. The story of America is a story of immigration and diversity. The United States has welcomed more immigrants than anyone else. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from the mountains to the bayous, we are more diverse as a people than any other country in the world. This is true in religion, language, politics and even in how we look. Everyone in this country, except Native American Indians, either migrated here or our ancestors did. Diversity is what makes America who we are.

The population of the United States is becoming increasingly diverse. In recent years, Hispanics and minority racial groups - non-Hispanic blacks, Asians and American Indians have each grown faster than the population as a whole. It would be a culture shock for a visitor from China or India to visit the United States. In her country, almost everyone she meets on the street will look like her with black hair, dark eyes and similar skin color. Not so here. The first four people she meets in America are likely to look African, Asian, European or Hispanic with brown, blonde, red or black hair. A major strength of this great nation is its diversity. People from all walks of life in one place together, like a melting pot. Other great strengths are The Constitution, the Bill of Rights and a respect to allow people to express their individuality. We are not a "One-size-fits-all country."

Ethnics groups from other countries enrich American communities by bringing pieces of their native cultures with them. Hispanic Americans celebrate their traditions with street fairs and festivities on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). This is Mexico's Independence Day from France just as July...