Melting pot

Remember in elementary school how we learned about the American melting pot vs. salad bowl? The idea being that immigrants gradually Americanize themselves to “fit in.” Instead of keeping themselves away from mainstream society, they acclimate to a new normal for them. (There are of course exceptions, like fundamentalist Mormons, Hassids in Brooklyn, etc.)

Today at Cub on Lake Street there was an older African woman completely covered in fabric, with her adult daughter. While the daughter had her head perfectly covered with cloth, she was wearing a shredded t shirt that exposed her arms, shoulders, and even her bra strap. It was definitely the most interesting thing I’ve seen in quite a while.

(I took a discreet cell phone pic, but it is not transferring to my online account.)

-Katie*

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