Multicultural Literature In Literature

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Culture is a very large part of the world’s past, present, and future history. Schools teach the history of the United States and of African American enslavement. They teach how the Trail of Tears was born which forced the migration of Indians from their homes. They are also teaching multicultural literature. With the inclusion of multicultural literature in education, some perspectives may be changed and create a better understanding towards others’ traditions and views. Multicultural literature can be described as books and written works that encompass and describe different cultures and how they live in comparison to others. One statement from the Newsela article, "How Diversity Makes Us Smarter", stated "people who are different from one…show more content…
For example, Anne Frank, a Jew who went into hiding with her family during the Holocaust, wrote in a diary about her and her counterpart's lives in a hidden annex. From 1942 through 1944, she and the rest of the people in the annex lived in silence. She described her fear of the Nazis anti-Semitism at the time by stating: "Every time I hear a creak in the house, or a step on the street outside, I'm sure they're coming for us". This quote describes how Anne Frank's life during the war was consumed by fear because of the common stereotypes placed upon the Jewish people at the time by Adolf Hitler. He also spread hate and hostility toward people with disabilities and people of different cultures. The people who were killed during the war experienced something unspeakable. Those who survived attained a perspective that others who had not experienced the same could not understand. Anne Frank’s diary provides a firsthand account of a terrible event that people who had not gone through could not fathom. In other words, one’s own experience provides unique information and perspective that someone else who has not gone through the same occurrences would be unable to…show more content…
In a differing Newsela article she stated: "I’ll be talking about how to use frustration as fuel to help others, and how I was able to access the problem of only seeing white boys and their dogs as characters as a way to uplift the stories of black girls." Marley used her frustration of being stereotyped as a young black woman with societal disadvantages and turned it into a passion. She wanted to show other girls that they could be more than the limitation of their dark skin color. Marley’s campaign attracted national attention and has now reached a sum of almost 10,000 books, which was 10 times her original goal. Imagine, being a little girl of color and finding a book whose main character was also a little girl of color. Marley is just one of the many people today spreading multicultural literature around the world. Not only does it inspire children, but it makes them believe that anything is possible regardless of their appearance. This genre of literature challenges children to disbelieve the stereotypes placed upon them, and instead instill confidence in their abilities. Marley’s campaign proves that stereotypes can become irrelevant to people and can lead to a more open and diverse
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