I have searched my mind and cannot find any other society that is as stratified as the United States of America. This huge tract of land was once under the control of Indian tribes. With the advent of colonization, the Indians were rather quickly moved into the subservient position of living on space determined by the government for them.
Before the revolution a variety of people became the total population of this country. After the revolution and the establishment of our democratic from of government, people from all over the world sought refuge in the United States of America. There was room for all and all were encouraged to engage in being active citizens of the USA.
For many years we encouraged Mexican workers to cross the boarder to do the work of hand farming at a cost lower than native Americans would do it. We forbid Chinese from coming to our country until we needed railroads built to unite us. I am sure that we have a more ethnic origin population than any other country on the face of this mud ball we call earth.
We have more religions, more ethnic groups, and a more divergent population than any country on the face of the earth. We have several groups of people that we do not treat as citizens, because of their language, the color of their skin, or the way they crop their hair. However, they are all citizens of the United States of America and entitled to the right to vote in the elections for those who govern their country and to be governed by them. No matter their origin they also have a right to run for office.
You may be a born again Christian and run for office and be elected; but you cannot be a born again who governs only for born again people. When you assume the mantle of an elected office you must leave your personal biases outside the door of your office. Once elected you are required to provide governance for all the citizens of the United States of America and there are a great variety who will not have the same beliefs or biases as you.
We have always had people of colored skin in this country, but it took over 200 years before we elected one to be President of the United States.
— John W. Robinson, Hamilton