Cultural Identity Reflection

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Cultural Identity Reflection Paper Annise P. Herbin Eastern University Introduction Contemplation of the cultural self involves examination of the development of one’s personality, identity, character, behaviors, and cognitions. These aspects of existence are shaped by family and community and, for me, are elements I strive to connect to the scriptural assertion that humans are created in the image of God. Rubio (2003) states, “Humans aren’t meant to live alone. Rather, they are called to live in relationship—in community—with one another” (p. 186). These communal relationships influence the lens through which we interact with the world. According to Santrock (2015), the family provides the initial examples of…show more content…
However murky the academic concept of race, the reality of racial issues, particularly in the south, is clear. I can only recall a few in-depth discussions about race with my family during childhood; however, racial ideologies and biases were very salient. They ranged from my mother changing the tone of her voice when she spoke to members of the dominant culture (she said she wanted to sound intelligent) to family members making comments that exposed their anger and frustration regarding current and past experiences. Remarks such as, “I don’t trust white people as far as I can throw them” or “Black people have to work twice as hard to get half of what Whites have” reverberated throughout my childhood by the elders in my maternal family. Growing up in the south marred and formed many of their perspective regarding the dominant race, which became paramount in their oral tradition. As I examine the residue that these comments left on my worldview, coupled with my own negative experiences with racism, I acknowledge the concern and reservation that I often feel when my teenage daughter enters settings where she is in the minority. While I don’t share my family’s stance on interracial interactions with her, the internal struggle that I experience becomes apparent through my constant query about the encounter and whether or not she made…show more content…
It is clear that cultural aspects of the self influence other facets of one’s existence. This is apparent in the overlap between my family’s religious ideology and ability. Unconsciously, the privilege of ableism has impacted our theological context. Consideration of the content of personal and family prayers illuminates the fact that they are filled with words of gratitude about the use of corporeal faculties. Mirroring the prayers of my mother and great grandmother, supplications are always preceded by appreciation for eyesight, hearing, speech, mobility, and clarity of
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