How Walking Around a Mall Showed Me What’s Great About America

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My son and I were just walking through the food court at the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh yesterday, and it just jumped out at me.

Sitting around the tables, peacefully eating their lunches, I saw whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. Undoubtedly those distinctions could be broken down into more sub-categories.

I am also confident that sitting at those tables were Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, and agnostics.

As I continued my walk around the mall, the diversity of the people was astonishing.

There were senior citizens doing laps around the mall, and there were babies being pushed in strollers.

There were men in suits and men showing off their tattoos.

There were women in high heels and women in flip flops (note to my wife – I barely noticed the women, just their feet…).

The Apple store was full of diversity, and I’m just talking about the people that worked there.

The stores and restaurants at the mall were diverse, from Tommy Bahama to H&M, and from McCormick & Schmick’s to McDonald’s.

When we left the mall, the diversity continued in the parking lot. There were U.S. cars, Japanese cars, Korean cars, German cars, Swedish cars, Italian cars; pickups, SUVs, sedans, sports cars, etc.

The diversity of stores and cars suggested that there was also a great deal of diversity economically among the people visiting the mall.

And given that it’s Super Tuesday, I can’t help but mention that I am sure there were supporters of Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Rubio, Cruz, Carson, and Kasich.

By now I think my point is obvious – one of (the many) things that makes America great is its diversity, and the freedom that allows such diversity to exist.

And once again, given that it’s Super Tuesday, why would anyone want to change one of the things that makes us great?

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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