America is changing. Bigoted slurs, immigration bans and racist rallies can't change that

Updated 1:47 PM ET, Fri June 22, 2018

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(CNN)From the moment the United States was born, it has been an exercise in transformation, a nation that every day welcomes new citizens -- by birth and by oath -- to take part in this grand experiment.

Conceived by a band of wealthy, white men who demanded freedom from Great Britain, America has developed into a multicultural, multiethnic community. And even as family separations at the border, racist rallies, travel bans and bigoted slurs remain part of our cultural landscape, our transformation rolls on.
Here are some of the ways our nation has become -- and will continue to grow -- more diverse:

From a collection of colonies, America grew ...

The first US Census, in 1790, counted 3.9 million people living in the brand-new United States: nearly 3.2 million white people and about 760,000 black people, of whom about 92% were slaves; no other races or ethnicities were tallied.
By 1960, at the advent of the civil rights movement, the country had ballooned to 178 million people -- about 89% of them white, 11% black, and a tiny fraction comprised of other races, including Native American and Asian and Pacific Islander. Hispanic ethnicity wasn't counted yet.

... and new laws changed who we would become.