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Ehrlich traffics in xenophobia

3:45 PM EDT, June 4, 2013

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The xenophobic views espoused by Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in his column ("Multiculturalism is the enemy of democracy" June 2) couldn't be more inflammatory or outrageous. As a proud adopted Asian-American (actually, Mr. Ehrlich would clearly prefer just American or American-Asian) I find this column an insult to the generations of immigrants who have built this country.

While those in Mr. Ehrlich's camp spout the dangers of foreigners and the superiority of pure "American culture," one has to wonder just what is American culture? Perhaps I should point out that apple pie originated in Europe (meaning it's obviously socialist pie), the stock market and free-market capitalism had its beginnings in Europe as well and that personal freedoms so loved by Republicans originated within British history.

The very origins of this nation came about through separatism as the Founding Fathers broke away from the British Empire with the help of a very multicultural Continental Army. This "uniquely American culture" is a cobbling together of cultures from around the world, the very diversity of which makes it so welcoming to immigrants. American culture is a constantly changing and is a democratic entity in of itself. Our culture is shaped and formed by the people who live in this nation, to say otherwise is an insult to the spirit of America.

Paul Sweemer, Catonsville