However, culturally, expecting it to excel or crumble based on the US' deep-seated racial relationships background makes no sense.
I think this is an important point. I'm still unsure whether race being in the forefront of public discussions in the U.S. right now is good or bad. I mean, there are certainly issues that need to be addressed (although ironically the broader racial conversation may be distracting from more serious issues). But I also think it's kind of insulting to imply that racial minorities don't also care about the same things as the rest of us. It's one of those things I've kind of wanted to ask some of the black guys I do kung fu with, since i know them pretty well and hopefully they'd be comfortable talking about it. But at the same time I've worried that if I'm wrong, I may not be able to unring the bell.
Still, I think the article is a good reminder of worldview projection, and how often our hostility to other cultures/countries comes down to cultural outlook and priorities.