Campa-Najjar for Congress; Nader for Judge
October 6, 2020 /
Donald H. Harrison
SAN DIEGO – I remember many years ago when I was a student at UCLA (1962-66), we occasionally would debate which is a better metaphor for the United States: Is our country a “melting pot” or a “chef’s salad?”
The difference is that the former metaphor envisions melting all the individual ingredients together, forming an undifferentiated, homogenous mixture. On the other hand, a chef’s salad would include various recognizable ingredients, which together would work to make a tasty mixture. Being a proud Jew, I believed then and now that we all can retain and be proud of our individual heritages, while at the same time contributing in concert with others to the greater whole.
In America, I believe, people of various ethnicities can and should set aside whatever differences may have caused enmities between their forebears in the lands of their heritage. In other words, here in America, among others, the Irish and the English should be able to be friends, so should the Greeks and the Turks, the Armenians and the Azerbaijanis, the Japanese and the Chinese, and the Arabs and the Jews. Here we all have a common purpose as Americans.
So, it should not be a surprise that, upholding that principle, San Diego Jewish World today is endorsing two Arab-American candidates for election to important offices.