America has always been a distinction for individuals seeking prosperity. After the Civil War, America’s growing economy required more workers. This needed was filled by immigrants. Between 1866 and 1915, approximately 25 million immigrants arrived on its shores. These immigrants came from diverse backgrounds (such as England, Germany, Poland, Russia and Scandinavian countries). The additional labor force helped fuel the American economy.
Yet, this diversity was not without its own problems. Due to the culture differences and language barriers among ethnic groups, there were frequent conflicts to resolve. Furthermore, most of these workers were poor and uneducated; this created pressures on government and nonprofit services to fix or minimize these problems.
Today, we face similar problems. Globalization has connected us with the rest of the world. Cultural awareness bears down on us. Immigration is the hot topic. Federal and local governments struggle to deal with this politically sensitive issue. Many experts feel there are millions of illegal immigrants flooding our borders.
Some fear terrorist attacks while other people are just anxious. Many local governments, such as Arizona, try to fight back. For example, there are about 30 states with English-only laws. Yet, can anyone really stop demographic shifts? A recent Department of Labor report, Futurework: Trends and Challenges for the Work in the 21st Century, notes the following:
By 2050, minority groups will makeup half of the population
Immigrants will account for almost two-thirds of the population
One-quarter of the population will be of Hispanic origin
Almost one in ten Americans will be of Asian or Pacific Islander decent
Dr. Daryl D. Green is the Vice President of Marketing at AGSM Consulting, LLC, where he provides strategic planning, marketing and product development to emerging and existing businesses. In 2016, Dr. Green retired from the Department of Energy, where he had been employed for over 27 years in the DOE’s Environmental Management Program. He is a much sought-after speaker and award-winning author of several textbooks and reference books, including Job Strategies for the 21st Century. Dr. Green has a national digital marketing certification and is also a respected researcher in his field of study, which focuses on culture, decision-making, leadership, management and marketing.
Dr. Green received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern University, an M.A. in Organizational Management from Tusculum College, and a doctoral degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He is currently a respected university professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, who has been noted and quoted by USA Today, Ebony Magazine and the Associated Press.