America had been dubbed the "Great American Melting Pot" for ages. One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of cultures that exists throughout the country, including here in Portland. However, it would be untruthful not to admit that this diversity can also be used as a wedge.
When conflicts exist, it can sometimes elevate to dangerous levels. But it is important that all cultures be allowed to celebrate their uniqueness without threats of violence since it is our combined diversity that makes us the nation we are.