One way assimilation can be defined as the moment minorities give up their cultural identities for acceptance of a more elite or over powering culture already in place. In the movie “Crash” this is clearly seen when the movie director and his wife are fighting at home after the police stopped them. The wife tells the husband “The closest you ever came to being black, Cameron, was watching The Cosby Show”. (Crash) This shows that the husband has chosen to one way assimilate into the white community because of his chosen profession and how hard it might be for an African-American man to be a movie producer in Los Angeles. Similarly, in the essay b...
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... and talking about if most American Indians were to assimilate then their culture would die alongside them and they would cease to be American Indians and simply just be Americans; this provides a raw and unfiltered glimpse into why assimilation and group separatism are used to overcome such obstacles. There are many more examples throughout both works of each of Fredrickson’s models but these have given a glimpse into these works and what they were aimed to prove. They were targeted to show others that the only way to coexist with one another is by embracing each other’s differences and trying to help promote cultural diversity. Instead of a “Melting Pot” which promotes everyone to be the same in America, the “Salad Bowl” would be much better to help promote being different and being who you were meant to be. This is what America is about, not the other way around.
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