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The Great Melting Pot

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Education
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

Like any great nation, America has a number of myths about itself. A great American myth portrays America as "the great melting pot," a gumbo of sorts, in which people come from all over the world, from different nations, ethnicities, and cultures, to become one.

The Real Reason Trump Scares Me

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Parvez Ahmed

Trump scares me, not because any of his crazy ideas are practically feasible. My real fear is that his brand of bullshitting and nativism will become an indelible part of the American political and social landscape.

Nativism At RNC 2016: Everything You Need To Know

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

The much-anticipated, chaotic, sometimes laughable, but mostly terrifying 2016 Republican National Convention has come to end. And, oh, what a ride. There were certainly the highly publicized moments: Melania Trump's partially plagiarized speech and Ted Cruz being, well, Ted Cruz.

Where Did Donald Trump Come From?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I can identify five strands of the American political experience which Trump drew from, magnified, made his own, and has now imposed on the American body politic. The first is the American fondness for conspiracy theories.

Donald Trump Talks Like a Loser

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Trump may be a successful businessman, and he's done a great job taking over the Republican party by beating 16 other candidates. But there's one thi...

Nativists Now Control the GOP

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The coalescence of the Republican leadership around Donald Trump may be happening slightly quicker than expected, but it was entirely predictable. Turns out that for many Republicans #NeverTrump actually meant, "on balance we would prefer somebody like Marco Rubio, but we will support pretty much anybody who is not a Clinton or an Obama."

Is the GOP a Far Right Party?

Cas Mudde | Posted 02.28.2016 | Politics
Cas Mudde

The problem for the GOP is that Trump is not the only major candidate whose core beliefs are at odds with liberal democracy, in particular minority rights. Each of the remaining five presidential candidates has proposed to limit the rights of minorities, including the gay community and Muslims.

The Fuel Behind Trump's Rise: Populism Rooted in Fear and Anger

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Joseph Amodeo

Donald Trump has grabbed hold of the discontent in our country, but consider carefully whether his "plans" will serve to help working Americans -- they will not.

Sanders and Trump: How the Political and Media Establishment Got 2016 So Wrong

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps the biggest story coming out of campaign 2016 is not the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, but the fact that the media and political establishment never saw it coming. And the fact that they never saw it coming perfectly explains the rise of Sanders and Trump.

Obama Issues Powerful Rebuke To Donald Trump In State Of The Union Speech

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama took aim at nativism in his final State of the Union address Tuesday, offering a not-so-veiled jab at politicians, like GOP pre...

The Bigger the Lie the More People Believe It

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

The problem in the never-ending presidential campaign is that words matter, and candidate Donald Trump has had an impact on Republicans, and sometimes even the Obama administration, when it comes to refugees and migrants. The nativist repetition about the evils of Islamic foreigners and Hispanic migrants resonates.

The men uniting nativists and Islamophobes

Lindsay Schubiner | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Lindsay Schubiner

Anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Frank Gaffney has received more media attention than usual this week after Donald Trump cited Gaffney's Islamophobic p...

Why Trump's Comments Undermine What It Means to Be an American

Murali Balaji | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

While Muslim-Americans have, for years, contended with increased scrutiny and suspicion, at least in localized settings or from communities in which any non-white, non-Christian group is unwelcome, Donald Trump's comments earlier this week strike a much deeper, darker tone.

The American Nationalism Problem

Keith Gaddie | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaddie

The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.

New Rule: Stop Slagging Off 14 Year-Olds

Mike Mennonno | Posted 09.28.2016 | Politics
Mike Mennonno

Sometimes even a "real liberal" like Maher needs a gentle reminder: Trump & Co. are a much bigger threat to America than Ahmed & Friends will ever be.

The Pope Is Coming to Get Us -- At Least That's What We Used to Think

Edward T. O'Donnell | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Edward T. O'Donnell

Anti-Catholicism has deep roots in American history. But its hey day was the mid-nineteenth century. What sparked this surge in anti-Catholic hostility was the arrival of several million Catholic immigrants from Europe, primarily Ireland, Germany, and later Italy.

What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I encourage Pope Francis to address the language of coarse hatred that is increasingly becoming de rigeur in American politics. No doubt he is far too sophisticated to call out Donald Trump by name. But Trumpism is an ominous trend that must be denounced.

'Anchor Babies' and the GOP's Manifest Destiny Politics

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.

Bad Blood on the Border

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

A great American tradition: keeping people out.

Research Suggests Nativism Drives Opposition to Health Care Reform

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

When opponents of the ACA consistently framed the law as somehow outside the ideological boundaries of what is traditionally considered "American" public policy, those in the public with existing nativist attitudes would become more likely to oppose the ACA.

'The Immigrants Are Coming, The Immigrants Are Coming!' -- Nativism Driving Immigration Reform Debate?

Axel W. Caballero | Posted 04.27.2013 | Latino Voices
Axel W. Caballero

Who cares about the details? If you call it "reform" then "reform" it will be. After all, the main goal is not really to reform the system and strengthen the rights of 11 million people.

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

Know Nothings and Immigrants: Some Things Never Change

James Peron | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
James Peron

The complaints that were made about Irish immigrants are pretty similar to those we hear today about Mexican immigrants. The xenophobes insisted the Irish were lazy, prone to crime, drank too much, and were stealing jobs from good white Americans.

Nativist Laws Wreak Havoc Across Nation

Mark Potok | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

In the absence of national action on immigration reform, states and local communities have attempted to fill the gap, passing and defending ill-advised laws that seek to preempt federal power over immigration.

The Deportation Regime

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Freedom of movement, the ability to cross borders, to create a new life in an adopted homeland is a goal to which many aspire - and even achieve. Imm...