Americans have different views when it comes to choosing between a monocultural or multicultural society, some believe that America will become more successful if it was to be monocultural, they also argue that many would get along better, there would be less racism, no one would be prejudiced and there would be no division among the people of today if it was to be monocultural based. Others say living in a monocultural is inefficient and also very destructive to society and favor living in a multicultural environment, stating that it broadens minds and teaches how to survive with other races, it helps in teaching respect, tolerance and the way of living. Those specific traits are what show how a multicultural society is better for America’s
Culture. As a society, we’re surrounded by it every day, whether we are aware of it or not. It affects what we do each day and how it lives our lives as everyone, everywhere has their own culture, their own set of beliefs and traditions that shape them, their actions, and the environment around them. Because of cultures large role in the lives of people, culture also has a large role in human geography. But there are lot of questions surrounding culture, like what exactly is culture, why are their differences in culture and what arises from those differences, and how exactly does culture interact with society to shape someone’s worldview? It is in this essay I will be answering these questions.
The core standards of America are founded, in principle, on the basis of its diversity and equality among citizens. Begin- ning with its Declaration of Independence, the United States distinguished itself from other modern nation-states by establishing a country of men who were different but equal. Yet, despite the unifying images America projects within and beyond its borders, the idea behind E Pluribus Unum does not resound as one might assume it would.
The patterns that define the macroculture of the United States are deeply rooted in the intercontinental strife and politics of Europe, Africa, and Asia prior to the colonization of North America. The developing European empires and their social, cultural, commercial and religious differences set the stage for intercultural interaction and development for the next 400 years in North America. These groups religious bigotry’s (Protestant vs. Catholic vs. Islamic…), social inequalities (noble vs. peasant), and outright greed all combined to contribute to and define our unique American experience...
Since the birth of America many cultures came to find freedom and opportunity to accomplish the American Dream. The American Dream is the idea that anyone who comes to America possesses the opportunity to succeed based on their merit. Through this different cultures diffused what America came to be. The influences of immigrant cultures gave America the name the land of the free. Cultural diffusion, migration, immigration, and transnationalism is important in relation to global economy based on the fact that through these countries we are granted many ideas, styles, religions, technologies, and languages from these different cultures. America became a melting pot of various cultures bringing their individuality in a country of many customs. The struggle between culture and identity is conveyed through the writings of Richard Rodriquez and Armstrong Williams to break stereotypes and be proud of who you are. People need to identify with their own culture first before identifying with America because a key American value is individualism and maintaining one’s own culture. America is a melting pot of different cultures making it necessary to remember one’s own culture in the flood of ideas and traditions within America. Through maintaining culture they are simultaneously upholding American beliefs and identifying with America.
Canada, and most other settler countries like it has become an attractive origin for immigration around the world. There are many myths that there are a lot of low skilled workers having trouble trying to integrated into the labour force. Although it may seem as a myth, that statement would only be partially true, many of those immigrants have a lot of high quality skills but Canada’s minorities suffer trying to find work and integrate into the Canadian society. Integration of minority groups is a complex thing for most settler multicultural societies because they are judged by certain stereotypes and not giving this “equal multicultural” society Canada promises. In Canada if you contain white skin and if you speak English, or in Canada’s case, French, then you are more likely to be integrated into society faster. Muslims have a much harder time adapting to settler countries because they either have an insufficient amount of English/French, their religion is different, their beliefs may be different and of course who could leave out the 9/11 racism that continues today. White European groups have always been favoured and it is unavoidable because European countries founded Canada, which is why it is easier for them to integrate. In Canada, at first they only allowed British and French into the country. After that it were European whites, Africans for slavery, Asians for labour, and eventually they had allowed other minorities. Typically in that order that is how settler countries like Canada allow minorities in and that usually determines how fast they get integrated.
I must admit that before I began taking this class I took for granted how much racism still exists in this country. I have started to put more thought in to the way the world really is, the topics discussed in class have started to catch my interest. When I first started reading the Tatum book I was mad when I read her version of the word “racism”. I thought to my self “I personally have never held down the black race, what does she mean?” As I progressed in the book I was starting to understand what she meant about the system of advantages that white people are given. I also understood this better when I read Elizabeth Munich’s list of examples of how there are advantages to being white. I couldn’t help agreeing with her argument based on what I have seen in my life so far. I have seen blacks harassed in stores and denied housing. At the time I simply felt it was too bad and forgot about it. According to Tatum I was practicing “passive racism” and I agree with her on that. I have never done anything to try and change the system and I do reap the advantages of being white whether or not I like it. I believe that reading this book has opened my eyes to how much racism still exists in this country that claims to uphold equal rights. Another argument that Tatum discusses is how everybody is prejudiced in one way or another. I also believe this is true, almost everyone I know has made a racist joke or laughed at one at least. I believe that this is because of th...
American Society has been and continues to become increasingly mixed, complex, and variegated in its cultural practices and ethnic make up. However, the state schools have fallen short of race goals established thirty-one years ago in a desegregation case now known as Geier v. Sundquist. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has notoriously had one of the worst recruiting efforts for diversifying undergraduates. This realization makes the cultural atmosphere at Knoxville non-diversified resulting in a predominantly white campus. Despite recent statistics from 1993-1994, African Americans’ enrollment is about 5 percent of the student body, and only 4 percent of the faculty. Moreover, American Indian, Hispanic, and Asian Americans now comprise about 5 percent of the enrollment, and international student enrollment have also maintained a fair 4 percent. The University of Tennessee at Knoxville should recognize the dynamic interaction of communities and cultures that comprise contemporary America, as well as the world. Reflecting on this interaction, the university should change its curriculum and campus environment because campus climates ultimately influence the effectiveness of a diverse democracy and, therefore builds a mutually respectfully community.
1)There are different skin pigmentation around the world due to the Sun’s UV rays and how they differentiate in radiations around the world. For example, central Africa has a higher UV radiation index of an 11 which is shown on the map on page 220. Compared to the map on page 219, the darkest skinned people live in central Africa. Anthropologist believe the role of natural selection is an approach to explain human biological variations Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel believe that “Natural selection is the process by which the forms most fit to survive and reproduce in a given environment -such as the tropics- do so in greater members than others in the same population.”
In his commencement address “What is Your Culture to Me?”, Charles Dudley Warner argues that the educated have an inextricable burden to shape culture and “to guide the blind instincts of the mass of men who are struggling for a freer place and a breath of fresh air” (Warner 10). As a democracy, Americans have always been married to the majority, and though this is a reason for pride, this is also a reason that inevitably filters out the voices and the stories of minorities from the deafening drone of culture and history. Democracy has often led the majority throughout history to glance at other groups with a deeply rooted skepticism and ask, “What is your culture to me? I am American, but you are not.” While the majority may think that an understanding of American culture runs through the blood, the truth is quite the opposite.
Children should be exposed to all segments of society. Youngsters learning with children of different races, nationalities, and religions tend to be more tolerant and accepting of individual differences. They learn customs, beliefs and rituals of classmates that maybe quite different from what they have been taught. Youngsters learning in an environment of diversity are well prepared to deal more effectively in society after they complete their education. A mutual respect and understanding of other cultures removes barriers and stereotypes. Individual differences need to be threatening. In fact, knowledge of other cultures helps a person realize and appreciate the similarities more than the differences. It is most important that the teacher is trained to teach about and respect individual differences. A diverse group of youngsters can add a great deal to the classroom environment. Interaction between children, handled effectively, can promote a climate of curiosity, mutual respect and acceptance. Nina Rees addressed the topic of teaching styles at both public and private school systems. She suggested students achieve greater results in an environment in which competition and different religious and cultural backgrounds exist. (Rees 93). Although students may have a different religion, culture, race and socio-economic level, they all deserve an equally outstanding education. There is a national attempt to give parents the option of a public or a private education for their youngsters. "There is also such a thing as a Voucher System. In "PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, SPECIAL NEEDS, AND VOUCHER SYSTEMS- A GENERAL REVIEW OF BASIC PRINCIPLES," the author writes, "the idea of the voucher system is that parents ...
In the Multicultural Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills Survey (MAKSS), my scores have not change since the first time I have completed this survey. Indeed, this was a course full of rich knowledge about the different cultures, types of microaggressions, stereotypes, and counseling implications, however, I believe I came into this class with the same mindset about worldviews as I do now, except now I gained more knowledge about those cultures that will assist me in my professional counseling. For example, the first question states “Culture is not external but is within the person”. For this question, I circled “agree” because I believe some people are influenced to choose a culture by their surroundings. Although, through past friendships and