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than the tapestry metaphor implies; migrations, immigration, birth rates, and mortality patterns all alter the cultural landscape of each city in the United States.” 20The Garden Salad Metaphor“Like a garden salad is made up of many distinct ingredients that are being tossed continuously, some see the United States as made up of a complex array of distinct cultures that are blended into a unique, and one hopes tasteful, mixture. Substitute one ingredient for another or even change how much of each ingredient is present, and the entire flavor of the salad may be changed.” 21This metaphor is in contrast to the tapestry metaphor—which implied that cultural diversity was unchanging. The garden salad metaphor suggests that a culture may be removed from society—just like you can remove an ingredient from a salad. Can you remove a culture from society? No. You may be able to remove the people from society, as Hitler attempted to do during the Holocaust, but the culture of individuals will remain in society and will be expressed by others. For example, I am European American, I grew up in a small town in the East and after living in California for as many years as I have, and being exposed to the Latin culture, I had adopted certain social practices of the Latin culture into my life. Before moving to Miami, I did not know you could cook a banana (plantain), I was never exposed to the writings of Miguel de Cervantes and when greeting a friends I would never kiss them on the cheek. Now I partake in all three. Therefore, components of the Latin culture will live on in me even if something were to happen to the Latino people of the world. What do you call someone from the United States?Many people who live in the United States of America prefer to call themselves American. However, people from Central and South American countries also consider themselves American. These groups of people consider the word American, for those who live in the United States, to be imperialistic and offensive and they are offended by the suggestion that they are not equally important. An alternative choice for a name, which is frequently selected by those who are trying to be more sensitive to cultural difference, is North American, which is used to refer to people from the United States.North Americanrefers to an entire continent, and people from Mexico and Canada are, strictly speaking, also North Americans.
One possibility that is often overlooked is to refer to people from the United States as United Statiansor United Staters. An expression that is gaining popularity is the label U.S. Americans. This referent retains the word American but narrows its scope to refer only to those from the United States. The term retains the advantages of a name that is specific enough to be accurate, yet it does not resort to a form of address that people would be unlikely to use and would regard as odd.” 22Cultural Groups in the United States In this section, the terms dominant—majority, subculture—co-culture, and White