Diversity has always defined America. But it seems that every half century, we try to redefine what an American actually looks like. As we celebrate the 237th birthday of our nation this week, we must commit once and for all to commemorate the many colors and voices of the Americans that were there during that very first birthday.
In its infancy, our nation simultaneously welcomed new immigrants from Western and then Eastern Europe while also expanding its borders.
So even though the Irish, Italians, and Germans, who were emblematic of the earliest waves of immigrants, shared skin color, they shared little else. Yet it was only a matter of time before they became an indispensable feature of the American profile.