America and the age of the creative minority

What happens when everyone feels like a member of the minority? There is a promising path forward in a land of jostling minorities.

Ms Brittany Bautista (right) and her mother Rosa dressed for the Day of the Dead in LA. At a time when everyone in the US sees themselves as part of a minority group, the only way forward is integration without assimilation, says the writer.PHOTO: AFP

(NYTIMES) - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks once observed that being a minority in 19th-century Europe was like living in someone else's country home. The aristocrat owned the house. Other people got to stay there but as guests. They did not get to set the rules, run the institutions or dominate the culture.

Something similar can be said of America in the 1950s. But over the ensuing decades, the Protestant establishment crumbled and America became more marvellously diverse.

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