King holiday offers chance to reflect on diversity

By Chuck Kajer

New Prague is not what one would call a diverse community. However, there is a small, but growing number of minorities living in the community, and like many other areas of Minnesota, they are here to stay.

There was a time when Minnesota was very stratified in its cultures. Germans associated with Germans, Czechs with Czechs, Swedes with Swedes, Irish with Irish. There was very little mixing. It wasn’t that many years ago that Belle Plaine had two Catholic churches, one for the Irish and one for the Germans. And many residents of this community can remember a time when it was not uncommon to hear conversations in Czech on the streets or in businesses.

America has been called the “Great Melting Pot,” because of the way many different cultures have assimilated into our society over the years. However, the melting pot has not always been accepting of persons of color.

Next week, we observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a day set aside to honor the civil rights leader whose non-violent protests helped further the cause of African-Americans in the 1960s. Because of the efforts of Dr. King and others like him, schools became desegregated, African-Americans were allowed to vote, and American culture became more accepting of African-Americans and other minorities.

We still have a ways to go before we can achieve the dream Dr. King spoke of in his most famous speech. But by taking time to reflect on our past, and on Dr. King’s teachings, it will help us to get a better understanding of our neighbors.

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