Mr. Folkertsma I truly have enjoyed everything you offer in this column, but I might have a modicum of disagreement with your following:
"...this phenomenon cannot be blamed exclusively on Democrats or Republicans;..."
Perhaps not exclusively, but .....The Democratic Party from it's founding has been comprised of folks who sought to divide or segregate Americans. To accomplish said task they use, "the hyphenating of Americans." IOW: Dividing Americans into various groups which are given a hyphen or multiple hyphens to specify what percentage-American each group happens to be.
Make not mistake, the issuance, and administration of this segregating of Americans is exclusively owned by the Democratic Party of America.