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Defining the proper role for a citizen or individual in society and how our actions relate to that proper role Kirkpatrick Series Fall 2002 Professor Devine Jason Lish America has never been united by blood or birth or soil We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens Every child must be taught these principles Every citizen must uphold them And every immigrant by embracing these ideals makes our country more not less American George W Bush Americas population reflects remarkable ethnic diversity More than 20 percent of the population of two major cities Los Angeles and New York were born in another country In some other major cities including San Francisco and Chicago more than one of every ten residents is foreign born Non-white people outnumber whites in several large cities Newspapers commonly use such terms as Asian American Italian American and African American to reflect the persistence of various ethnic heritages within the United States There are people whose skin is labeled white black brown yellow and red Americas population includes Catholics Protestants of many denominations Jews of several persuasions Moslems Buddhists animists and people who believe in no Supreme Being or higher power There are people who have many years of formal education and people who have nearly none There are the very rich as well as the very poor There are Republicans Democrats Independents Socialists Communists Libertarians and adherents of other political views as well There are lawyers farmers plumbers teachers social workers immigration officers and people in thousands of other occupations Some live in urban areas and some in rural ones Given all this diversity we must all work together to be
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