Before the cultural immersion, my personal reaction was feeling nervous and thinking about canceling the event to try something that I knew of a little better. I was nervous that I would stand out in the crowd because I have never seen or heard of a Black Sikh. I also did not want to come off as an intruder that has come to watch people like they were a zoo exhibit. I did not want to make others uncomfortable while I was at their place of worship. Additionally, I did not want to offend anyone by doing anything that I was not supposed to do by accident because I was not aware of their customs and traditions. For example, I would have walked into the temple with my shoes on because I would not have been aware that I needed to take my shoes off before...
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...ing and learning about a client’s culture will help me to develop empathic because I would be better at understanding the issues instead of being oblivious.
Another thing that I learned as a multicultural counselor was the importance of advocacy and social justice. In talking to some of the individuals at the temple, they have concerns about racial profiling and hate crimes committed against Sikh people. For example, the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by a person who thought that they were Muslims. Additionally, hate crimes started to spike in this community after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in New York City because people thought they were Muslims. As a counselor, I can help advocate for this community by educating others about the religion, people, and also fight to end the racial profile and hate crimes committed to this community.
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