After World War II 1945, the US became a global superpower taking a hegemonic place in the world system. At the end of last century, after collapse of the Soviet Union the US was left as a single superpower. Today, the US is experiencing a period of weakness. The country is enduring a harsh divide in different social segments — values, language, religion, race, culture, and ethnicity; yet it is a paradox, considering that the United States is founded to unite all of these differences under one flag and concept of freedom. This led to the lack of identity which is the basis for the existence of a healthy state. Besides the ongoing recession in the US, majority of countries in the world are against the imperialistic and racist policies of the United States. This is another serious factor if things get out of control. One must not forget that the superpowers like China and Russia. These countries have the military, nuclear, and economic power.
These days many Americans are worried about the future of their society’s integrity. The US has always been proud to be a “melting pot,” where people from different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds can coexist under one American roof. Today, the concept of the “melting pot” is disappearing, and it looks more like a “salad bar,” where for example blacks have to be called African-Americans, in order to emphasize historical and ethnic origins of the blacks in the US, where they make up 15% of the country's total population.
This new description resonates for Arabs, Latin Americans, and Native Americans. The accumulative effect of these descriptions is to create an impression that there is no common US identity, creating an impression that the United States is a Babylon Tower where all ethnicities coexist without really mingling. New indicators show that a quarter of Americans know little English or don’t know it at all. In some parts of California and Florida, Spanish is the primary spoken language.
Spanish is by far the most spoken non-English language among US immigrants. 44% say they speak it at home. https://t.co/Xk9gIhUiwb— David C. Kirkpatrick (@dc_kirkpatrick) September 28, 2015
Small communities, which spread in the seventies and eighties integrated powerfully. Thousands of private schools were opened to teach more than 120 languages. Today starting from preschool and ending with university one can study with no need for English language. Statistics show that Spanish can become the most used language in the US by the middle of this century. Business is mostly done bilingually and government administrations start to use a wide spectrum of foreign languages.
In some towns and cities, Africans try to bring on the use of different languages, especially Swahili. Meanwhile some people of European origin also aren't willing to jump into the English speaking “melting pot.” Idealistic concepts of unity in the US are now replaced by doubts, hatred, social struggles and absence of identity. Is this the collapse of the American dream?