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Is this the Flag of the United States of America?

by Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram on August 26, 2017

One of the challenges as an immigration lawyer is to speak above the heated rhetoric of the issues of the day that dominates the airwaves. Following a White Supremacist rally August 12th 2017, Heather Heyer, an anti-hate protestor, was run over and killed by a White Supremacist, 20-year old, James Alex Fields, the alleged driver of the vehicle. James indiscriminately ploughed his car into a crowd of protestors. James, an avowed White Supremacist, has now been charged with second-degree murder. So what is the current state of race relations in America.

The Confederate Flag of 1861-1865

No! – This is not the Flag of the USA, this is Flag of the army that fought against the USA, this is The Confederate Flag of 1861-1865.

By Chris M. Ingram, LL.M., ESQ

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Quick History  Lesson – The Confederate States of  America

The Confederacy consisted of 11 states that seceded from the United States in 1861 over opposition to the planned abolition of slavery by Abraham Lincoln. Robert E. Lee was an American General for the Confederacy. Today, there are many monuments to Robert E. Lee and many Americans now want these and other monuments that appear to celebrate the Confederacy removed from public places.

The Civil War lasted from April 12th 1861 – May 9th 1865. Following the war, the US Constitution was amended to ensure that hence force, no state could legalize any form of slavery.

Today, the Confederate flag is viewed by many as a very negative symbol; being pro-slavery or being a modern day symbol of racism. To others, the Confederate flag means Southern Pride. Moreover, many White Supremacists, Neo Nazis and KKK use the confederate flag as their rallying banner.

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This is the United States of America’s Flag. Designed in 1960 by Robert G. Heft aged 17in 1958.

 

Is America a Racially Tolerant Country?

According to the World Values Survey   countries like Britain, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are amongst the most tolerant of ethnic diversity. Countries like America have populations from all over the world emigrate and settle. Indeed, when you look at a typically U.S. Citizenship ceremony it’s more like a scene from a United Nations gathering, than anything else. So, when you ask the question ‘what does an American citizen look like?’, the answer is that Americans look like everyone from around the world.

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The United Citizenry of America

 

Living together as one nation has been the great success story of the American Dream and there are naturalized American citizens from all over the world who have become leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

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Percentage of the Main Racial Groups in the US

The United State Census provides a detailed demographic break down of America along racial lines. For example, Whites make up 63% of the population, Hispanics 17.8%, Blacks 13% and Asians 5.7%. I guess the first thing to note is that the demographics of America are not uniformly the same accord the country.

Due to migration patterns over many decades there will be a higher concentration of races in different parts of America. So, for example, in California, the breakdown is Whites 40.1%, Hispanic 38.9%, Blacks 6.5% and Asians 14.8%. However, in Maine, the breakdown is Whites 94.8%, Hispanic 1.6%, Blacks 1.5% and Asians 1.2%.

 

We are the United States of America

 

Racial Tension in the US

Truth is, there has always been racial, ethnic and religious tensions in America and no doubt any other diverse country in the world. Whilst the vast majority of Americans get along great, there will always be some who are out and out racists. Vice News. Thankfully, racists represent a tiny fraction of the American citizenry, however, when racists, like White Supremacists, Neo Nazis and KKK mobilize they can really grab the news headlines and appear much larger than they are because of modern Social Media.

 

America’s First Black President Barack Obama

One of the milestones that Made America Great Again was the election of its first black president. Remember America’s demographic statistics – Whites make up 63% of the population, Hispanics 17.8%, Blacks 13% and Asians 5.7%. If America was inherently racists, there could never have been a black US President.

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The Election of President Obama took America into a Post Racial World, Well Almost.

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When you look around America there is diversity everywhere that inspires confidence in the success of America Dream. For example, there are women on the Supreme Court, there is an African American and Hispanic on the Supreme Court. The US Attorney General spot, America’s most senior Attorney, has been occupied by Alberto Gonzales 2005-2007 (Hispanic), Eric Holder 2009-2015 (African American) and Loretta Lynch 2015-2017 (African American).

What has Made America Great, is that no matter where you look in America Society there is diversity in all the major top positions – there is always someone to aspire to as an immigrant.

 

Recent Attorney Generals

 

Making America Great Again

What is exciting about America is that through its constitution and the genius of having three co-equal branches of government The Executive (The White House), Legislature (Congress) and Judiciary (Supreme Court), America has been set up for success. Each branch of government serves as a check and balance on each other and this structure protects America from lurching to the left or right. Moreover, the American Constitution ensures that everyone has equal protection under the law. Is America perfect? I’m afraid not, but is the American Dream alive and well for all? Absolutely.

 

Yes We Can

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About Chris M. Ingram., LL.M., ESQ.

USA Immigration Attorney Chris M. Ingram is originally from Northampton, England. Chris M. Ingram Graduated with a BA(Hons) Degree in Law from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK in 1994, Chris M. Ingram then went on to the De Montfort School of Law in 1996 and graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PGDLP).   In 1998 Chris M. Ingram graduated with a Masters of Laws and Letters (LL.M) from Huddersfield University, UK. and after relocating to the U.S. Chris was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2003. Chris has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2004.

Having gone through the US Immigration process personally with his wife and three children, attorney Chris M. Ingram founded his own law firm with the clear mission to make sure every client had the very best US Immigration experience possible. To begin with, Chris M. Ingram set about writing and creating the very best comprehensive US Immigration education platform so that every visitor had the opportunity to discover in their own time and at their own pace their US Visa, Work Permit and Green Card options for free. Today, the Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram’s website has over one thousand pages of content and hundreds of education videos and testimonials to inform and inspire every visitor. We are adding new content all the time.

Attorney Chris M. Ingram also believes that everyone should be able to have a free consultations so that potential clients can speak personally and confidentially with an immigration specialist and discuss their US Visa, Work Permit and Green Card needs and learn about how we can help them achieve the American Dream.

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