Now, I am by no means the most devoted, religious person in the world. Far from it. I fast on Yom Kippur and I don’t eat bread when I’m at my parents’ house during Passover but I also definitely eat bread during Passover once I get back to my apartment and I can’t even remember the last time I stepped inside a synagogue for something other than a friend’s wedding. (Much to the dismay of my mother, who is presumably reading this and simultaneously embarrassed that her son has just confessed to being a subpar Jew and thrilled that he’s finally writing about a basketball subject that she can understand better than he does.) But for many American Jews like myself, being Jewish is just as much about a feeling of community and common culture as it is about actually performing various religious rituals or keeping Kosher. And culturally, emotionally, or whatever you want to call it, I am definitely Jewish.
I don’t foresee prosperous and peaceful future for the United States as long as everyone keeps referring to themselves as a hyphenated American.
I’m not aware of ANY historical example of a multicultural society where everyone was really proud of being totally different than one another that didn’t end in a terrible genocidal war.