I grew up in a black and white world. I believe most of the South, if not the nation, was that way. There were whites and there were blacks and not much else. A smattering of Hispanics and Asians, but that was about it.
My buddy Punch came up for a visit this past weekend and on Sunday we enjoyed an event known as World of Nations Celebration. Basically, a riverfront park is taken over by all of the different ethnic groups in Gatorville and they erect elaborate displays with trinkets, food, costumes and music representing their different nations and cultures. The thing about it is, when this event first began about 20 years ago, there were maybe a half-dozen nations and cultures represented. This Sunday, there were 35 nations represented including places such as Israel, Russia, Trinidad &Tobago, Peru, the Philippines and Ghana.
One thing is perfectly clear, the days of black & white America are gone forever. I don't know how much better off we are for it in some ways, but in-so-far-as music and food are concerned, we are most definitely the richer.