At a US-Mexico soccer match held in the Rose Bowl, the U.S. home team was booed, belittled, and beaten. Fans attending the game overwhelmingly rooted for the Mexico team and in the process, clearly displayed a national pride that is sadly missing for the country that provided them with the opportunity and freedom they could not find elsewhere. It does not bode well for the future of this country.
It is not unusual for immigrants in the U.S. to root for their birth country’s soccer team. Even those born here find themselves rooting for the country of their ancestors’ origin. However, that enthusiasm has always been kept in check by a deep respect for the US where they are now citizens. Mexico certainly holds soccer in high esteem and fans are very enthusiastic, but the lack of respect displayed in the Rose Bowl is a clear indication of how fractured this country is becoming.
Some believe that a U.S. stadium filled with fans of the Mexico team is a positive sign of diversity. In many ways that may be true, but the lack of national pride for this country in that stadium may also indicate that diversity is becoming divisive. The lack of pride for the U.S. was certainly on display when the post-match ceremony was held in Spanish. That was a slap in the face and a declaration of disdain for the very idea of assimilation.
It is unclear how displays of “diversity” such as this can be positive for the country. We are experiencing a fracturing into nationality or religious-based groups demanding special treatment along with exemptions from accepted U.S. policies, laws, and traditions. The melting pot that helped build this country is being replaced by separate pots demanding an individuality that goes against the very idea of a “United” States.
Europeans often sneer at the idea of “American culture”, but it has been developing over the years into its own, unique identity. The “diversity” that was on display in the Rose Bowl does not advance that development – it reverses its direction.
David J. Hentosh