of Communications faculty member Michael Skube reviewed Samuel P.
Huntington's controversial book "Who Are We? The Challenges to America's
National Identity" for the July 4 edition of the Raleigh News &
is the Albert J. Weatherford III University Professor at Harvard
University, and serves as chairman of the Harvard Academy for International
and Area Studies. He argues in "Who Are We?" that American
identity has been blurred by massive immigration, and that the Anglo-Protestant
political tradition on which the country was founded has been eroded
by "de-nationalization." Huntington
says that the idea of America as a melting pot has long since been
discarded, and the ideal of assimilation has been rejected not only
by newer immigrants, but even more so by American elites in government,
the media and academia.
Skube, a Pulitzer-winning
writer, also writes a monthly column for the Op-Ed pages of the
Greensboro News & Record.