I have received inquires as to
the physical appearance of a melting pot. For the purposes
of this Web Site's
contents a melting pot is (a
social mosaic), a concept.
A mixing, a gelling, if you
will, (see Webster's dictionary) it is functionally
symbolic of the actual cooking utensil
Where many bits of food stuff (carrots, potatoes,
are cooked together, mostly in an outdoor
setting. It conjures up an image of an
ed cast iron pot.
This cast iron pot represents the city. The
graphic to the
right is my rendition of such a
place. Sterile by compar-
ison don't you think?
Exactly! A colorful view, a positive
view of many
social, ethnic and racial groups.
People in a singular space (a city, a country)
flavors resulting from this blending of
(many different countries).
Let me share a story with you in
which a physical
melting pot played a central role. This story is called
The setting for this story is a 18th century
village. Where, upon the return of the soldiers, the
villagers closed up their windows
and locked their doors.
They feared the soldiers will take the little food
left. But the wise leader of the soldiers observing this
astutely asked his men to fill the cooking pot
(melting pot) with water
then throw some stones into
it -- surely the war had taken it's
toll on this fellow.
once said to me, a picture is worth a thousand words; If you
have to explain it, you didn't make the point.
My answer to that. Tell 'em what they think it is: a universal concept of a
city, it's suburbs, connectivity,
and cultural events. This is my "Virtual
The villagers peeking out their windows, -- probably
the crashing of battering rams at any moment. Observing this
curious behavior, they
proceeded sympathetically -- an attack of
conscience--to take some of their variety of food stuff to add to
the pot. The
moral (motto) of this story? Actually there're a
number of them. Choose yours. The focus here is the concept
of a melting pot.
You there, at the back of the class!
yes, you! What did you
take from the story of stone soup? His answer:
You can cook
rocks...I mean stones but you can't eat
'em! ha, ha. Seriously,
this story surrounding a
cooking utensil (a physical melting
pot) sets up the
concept of a social melting pot very nicely.