Defining 'American' in a Changing Nation

As the US ceases to be a white majority country (a demographic milestone we’re expected to reach by 2020), how will we as a society define what it means to be American — and who gets to decide? With increasing backlash against those seen as not belonging, how do we advance a national dialogue on American identity that considers the increasingly diverse and complex makeup of our society as well as the values we want to ascribe to as a country? What are the criteria for determining who is seen as American, and how do those criteria play into our perceptions of who belongs? What might alternative criteria include?

Festival: 2018

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

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