The Melting Pot: Multicultural And Ethnic People In The New York City

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New York is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse cities in the world and therefore many people consider it to be a great melting pot. However, considering the origins of the term “melting pot” this claim can be disputed. In his play The Melting Pot (1908) famous British author Israel Zangwill used the term “melting pot” as a metaphor to describe a fusion of nationalities, cultures and ethnicities. Even tough New York City is indeed very ethnically diverse, with respect to the actual mixing of ethnicities it is not as fused as often thought because in reality the city is still very segregated with many neighborhoods dominated by a single ethnic group. As Mireya Navarro, housing reporter for the New York Times, points out: “New York is celebrated for its wealth of nationalities, ethnicities and languages. But the melting pot image belies the reality that much of the city remains divided along racial or ethnic lines.” In this essay I argue that residential segregation policies of the 1940s in New York led to the impoverishment of African-Americans in the city because it set in motion a vicious cycle of negative influences, such as lower education levels and higher crime and incarceration rates, of which the consequences can still be seen today. The creation of impoverished African-American neighborhoods in New York City is an extensive problem and has been deliberately caused by both the federal and local government through their segregation policies of the

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