America Is Beautiful In Its Diversity

Illustration by Marco Caridad

White, Black, Asian, Hispanic, and Muslim; what do all these racial groups plus others have in common?

They populate the United States as de facto American citizens. There is not a single existing race that is undeserving of a home in the US or inferior to another group.

This is a truth that has slipped the minds of a concerning amount of ignorant Americans as was displayed when Coca-Cola aired its minute-long “America The Beautiful” commercial during the 2014 Super Bowl. For those who missed it, the commercial features footage of various cultures while playing the song “America The Beautiful” in various languages.

Soon after the advertisement was shown, people took to social media, such as Twitter, to vent their frustrations over the fact that Coca-Cola had the audacity to portray America as a land of immigrants.

“Coca Cola is the official soft drink of illegals crossing the border,” stated Todd Starnes, columnist and commentator for Fox News.

Others went on to say: “That commercial pissed me off. We speak English in this country,” “Nothing about that Coca Cola commercial was American,” and “I am no longer drinking Coke because they used terrorists in their commercials.”

Some people could not even correctly identify the song they were trying to “preserve” by referring to “America the Beautiful” as the Unites States’ national anthem.

Since its inception, America has been a land for people of all nations to settle. Everyone, minus Native American Indians, can trace back their ancestry to a different land. Our very language, English, is not even our own, we adopted it from Great Britain.

By ostracizing and insulting foreigners, people are ironically lashing out hatred against themselves because they are too blind to realize that they are immigrants too.

What people fail to realize is that Coca-Cola was actually praising a core American ideal. The beauty of the commercial is that it celebrates one of the components that has distinctly made this country great: it’s diverse people.

The face of America is not White, Anglo-Saxon, and Protestant; it is defined by so much more.

A wide smile shined brightly upon my face and a strong desire to spiritedly drink Coca-Cola arose when I saw that commercial for the first time because it touched me on a personal level. Even after seeing the ad several times, I still feel emotionally moved by it.

Contrary to the uneducated opinion of some, Coca-Cola wisely chose to display an advertisement that was equally as American as the event it was displayed during.

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