Like so many Americans — indeed, almost all of us — Natasha’s ethnic and racial background is mixed, a combination of culture and ethnicity forged by immigration and transcended by mutual attraction and love. For centuries, immigrants sought to become Americans and crossed oceans to come here. Greeks, Russians, Germans, Japanese, Italians, Russians, Chinese, Norwegians, Jews, Brazilians, Nigerians, French, Lebanese — people from all over the world come to this country seeking opportunity.
They don’t come here to change America. They hope America will change them — change their chances of living a better life, a freer life. Immigrants in America soon find themselves mixing with immigrants from other nations. We share our music, our art, our means of expression. We share our faith traditions, and we share our food.
Jews eating Chinese food, Germans eating Italian food, Asians eating Mexican food, and Arabs eating Thai food — does anything prove the point better that America is a cultural melting pot?
And then we children of these first-generation immigrants meet and mix. We work together and play together and go to school and church together — and fall in love.
Seeing beyond race and class and ethnicity, we marry and have kids. We build homes and lives, and then our mixed-heritage kids meet other families with mixed heritage — and soon the average American family finds itself with so many bloodlines pulsing through its veins that it defies the college-admissions officer or census-bureau worker or pandering politician looking to classify its ethnicity.
I sometimes wonder what I’d do today if I were forced to check a box on a college application. I am dark-skinned and at the height of summer get as dark as many light-skinned blacks. Am I black? I am Lebanese, so am I an Arab? And is that a box? I am also German, Swiss, and Italian. Does that make me white, and if so, should I pretend I’m not?
I am confused just thinking about it all!
Perhaps I need a few years at an Ivy League multicultural-studies program to figure it all out. Maybe take a few years off, travel back to all of my ancestral homes, write a memoir, and run for office. Actually, I don’t need to do any of that. I know what I am — and who I am. I am an American of mixed breed, a mutt, the kind of ethnic American gumbo that our founders envisioned when they created this great country.
We are all mixed breed, all mutts.
The so-called diversity crowd doesn’t like to hear that, because they don’t want to promote what we all have in common. They’d prefer to promote conflict and division.
Our Bill of Rights has the opposite impact. Those rights granted to us by God, those rights that can’t be denied by government, actually promote harmony among Americans of all ethnicities, races, and classes. It’s why the same people who peddle diversity across America also peddle the “living Constitution”: They want the old one dead.
If immigrants in this country have one thing in common, it is this: They come to America to escape their governments and to chase freedom. The sanctity of the individual is the idea that prompts their move, not the sanctity of the state and its leaders.
In a brilliant speech back in 2005, Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn explained this idea of how the Bill of Rights breeds harmony:
One may pray all he pleases, and others are left free to pray or not, and with all their property intact. Short of slander, libel, or treason, one may say what he pleases and do no harm to another. One can see how the right to property, properly conceived, has this same attribute. If my property is the fruit of my labor, and not of yours, then we have no conflict. My having my good deprives you of none of yours, and your having your good leaves me secure in mine.
Arnn wasn’t finished:
The interesting thing about this understanding of rights is the harmony it breeds in society. This harmony — or to use the political term, this justice — is the reason why our Constitution has lasted so long and our nation has prospered so well.
The modern faux-diversity crowd has no interest in harmony. Underneath their Benetton veneer is an agenda that’s all about power and politics and choosing winners and losers, but this much is certain: America practically invented the idea of diversity — and invented it long before the Left took the word hostage to advance its illegitimate and destructive ends. Luckily for all of us, that agenda will soon pit too many Americans against themselves, and the Left will be exposed for the fraud it is.
Just ask Natasha Scott.
— Lee Habeeb is the vice president of content at Salem Radio Network.