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Mark L. Hopkins: America has a diverse population and it is becoming more so

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What a shock it must be for a visitor from India or China to visit the United States. In his country, almost everyone a visitor meets on the street will look like him with black hair, dark eyes and similar skin color. Not so here. Really, not so. If he gets off of an airplane at Los Angeles International the first four people he meets are likely to be of Hispanic, Asian, African or European decent with black, brown, red or blond hair.

From coast to coast and from mountains to bayous, we are more diverse as a people than any other country in the world. That is true in how we look, in language and especially in politics.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt called America a “melting pot,” and listed diversity as one of our great strengths. Other great strengths are the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and a healthy respect for the rights of individuals, local government and states to express their individuality. America is not a “one-size-fits-all........

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