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Hundreds of educators from across the country were meeting to discuss the need for greater cultural diversity in the curriculum. My driver and I chatted about the weather and the tourists. The sky was cloudy, and Virginia Beach was twenty minutes away.
The rearview mirror reflected a white man in his forties. My family has been here, in America, for over a hundred years.
Somehow I did not look "American" to him; my eyes and complexion looked foreign.
Suddenly, we both became uncomfortably conscious of a racial divide separating us. An awkward silence turned my gaze from the mirror to the passing landscape, the shore where the English and the Powhatan Indians first encountered each other. In the English cultural appropriation of America, the indigeneous peoples themselves would become outsiders in their native land.
Here, at the eastern edge of the continent, I mused, was the site of the beginning of multicultural America.
Jamestown, the English settlement founded inwas nearby: Several hundred miles off shore was Bermuda, the "Bermoothes" where William Shakespeare's Prospero had landed and met the native Caliban in The Tempest. Earlier, another voyager had made an Atlantic crossing and unexpectedly bumped into some islands to the south.
Thinking he had reached Asia, Christopher Columbus mistakenly identified one of the islands as "Cipango" Japan. In the wake of the Admiral, many peoples would come to America from different shores, not only from Europe but also Africa and Asia.
One of them would be my grandfather. My mental wandering across terrain and time ended abruptly as we arrived at my destination. I said goodbye to my driver and went into the hotel, carrying a vivid reminder of why I was attending this conference. Questions like the one my taxi driver asked me are always jarring, but I can understand why he could not see me as American.
He had a narrow but widely shared sense of the past -- a history that has viewed American as European in ancestry. Currently, one third of the American people do not trace their origins to Europe; in California, minorities are fast becoming a majority.
This emerging demographic diversity has raised fundamental questions about America's identity and culture. InTime published a cover story on "America's Changing Colors. Bymost Americans will trace their descent to "Africa, Asia, the Hispanic world, the Pacific Islands, Arabia -- almost anywhere but white Europe.
This uncertainty has provoked Allan Bloom to reaffirm the preeminence of western civilization. Author of The Closing of the American Mind, he has emerged as a leader of an intellectual backlash against cultural diversity.
In his view, students entering the university are "uncivilized," and the university has the responsibility to "civilize" them.
Bloom claims he knows what their "hungers" are and "what they can digest.The Moral Imagination ranges from Burke to Winston Churchill and Lionel Trilling, Before and after Victoria," is the title of one essay; "Victorianism before Victoria" are the opening words of another.
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