According to Trend, he asserts that the United States is an “unfinished project.” He emphasizes that the Americans think that their country, the United States, is an inviting place whereby everybody is granted an equal opportunity. But, American history tends to confine these possibilities. Basically, new people who go to the United States tend to be confronted with limitations or legal punitive rites of passage. And for those already living in the United States, new challenges concerning civic belonging keep emerging based on heritage, belief or even behaviour. This paper will discuss what Trend means by his argument that the United States is an unfinished project with regards to the United States having an aspirational culture and how he understands the capability of outsiders join the American culture.
Despite having an aspirational culture, Trend means that the United States is not yet ripe with the potential of being a welcoming society. He emphasizes that since the United States has an aspirational culture, the Americans brag and think that they are a welcoming society whereby everyone enjoys equal opportunity. But, instead, the country is faced with daunting challenges that make the American aspirational culture ineffective. In fact, he means that the United States is an unfinished project because it claims to be a welcoming country that has an aspirational culture . But in the real sense, even looking back to American history and during the anxious times, it can be noted that the United States is not a welcoming country. He refers to the United States as an unfinished project because the United States was to be made a welcoming state for everyone to enjoy equal rights. It was to be designed to be a free country with an aspirational culture characterized by highly principled people. But it ended up being an unfinished project because it has failed to achieve all these it was intended to meet. Trend claims that currently, instead of everyone enjoying equal rights, the newcomers are normally encountered with limitations and also faced with legal punitive rites of passage. Moreover, those already in the United States are experiencing new emerging challenges of their civil belonging that are based on heritage, belief, and behaviour. This can suggest Trend means that the aspirational culture of the United States is ineffective or possibly hypothetical.
Trend understands the potential for outsiders to belong to the American culture is quite difficult since the United States has been more focused on ideals of inclusion, and yet always forgetting someone. The outsiders and newcomers are mostly forgotten, faced with restrictions and punitive rites of passage that frustrate the outsiders as they strive to belong to the American culture.
To sum up, the Trend means that the United States is not yet ripe with the potential of being a welcoming society. He means that the United States is an unfinished project because it claims to be a welcoming country but the country is faced with daunting challenges that are unwelcoming to the outsiders. With the doubting challenges facing the United States, the potential for outsiders to belong to the American culture is quite difficult since the United States has been more focused on ideals of inclusion, and yet always forgetting someone.