Most minorities here in the US feel as if the predominate Western European based culture tends to overwhelm and crush any other ethnic differences and diversities. So they attempt to preserve their ethnic heritage by race or ethnic based organizations and groups. The NAACP or La Raza Unita, etc. are groups trying to keep a smaller, less politically powerful ethnic identity alive. They also work for greater power within the predominate white-based culture.
Most caucasians like myself don’t feel the need for this, as we are already well represented in the American financial and political landscape. With the election of Barak Obama I feel a relaxing of the ever-present racial tension in the US, as some of the fears of minorities concerning political power have been reduced. Nevertheless, racism is still alive in America, and many minority members are not ready to give up their attempts for ethnic and cultural preservation.
Barak Obama is a rock star in Europe because he is a political anomaly there. While the Europeans are quick to point out America’s history of prejudice and racism, they still try to deny their own problems with those issues. The EU is run by white folks. That may change as the European minorities take a cue from America and strive for greater political and financial power. In the US, Obama will be judged by the same political criteria as any other politician, even though his election made history. He is our President, and just happens to be black. We watch and judge him on his policies and performance as we do all Presidents. Already we see the ‘socialist’ label being thrown around, and this is pretty much par for the course of US politics.
In our history, white-only groups tend to be racist and bigoted. True, some white people are afraid of minorities ‘polluting’ America with their cultural differences, but I welcome them. Those that are wacky like voodoo, or just don’t work here will be weeded out eventually, and what remains will be absorbed into the most dynamic culture in the world. Absorbed, but not destroyed or mangled.
I play and love the blues. I give absolute thanks and respect to the thousands of nameless people who worked 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, and still had the desire to play the blues on a porch or in a juke joint. Blues is the father of jazz, the godfather of rock, and the mother of reggae. I can’t imagine America without it. I believe this nation would be unrecognizable without the contributions of millions of ‘minorities’. And I’m a white guy!
Those are just my opinions and views. I’m sure others can give some better/different perspectives.