Many years ago, the USA was once proudly self-referenced as a ‘melting pot’. A land of great promise and generational wealth. Also a nice spot to fuse together the ‘huddled masses’ with the ‘wretched refuse’. People (were) assimilated.
Then the multiculturals demanded recognition and re-spun the metaphor to maintain our diversity. Damn your homogenous culture! We’re a salad bowl!
As we and our repercussions remain in orbit, a more accurate metaphor (for the ‘unmeltable ethnics’ of us) might be:
every kind of cereal soaking in a bowl of milk.