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Final Culture and Diversity Week 9

Final Culture and Diversity Week 9

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Michele Young10/19/2012Dr. Jeanette N. EscabarCulture and DiversityETH/125 Version 7Week 9 AssignmentWhat information about diversity in the United States has helped you better understandor relate to others in ways that you may not have in the past?I have learned that diversity was something
immense in the past; before the 1950’s
business owners did not want colored people in their businesses because they only wantedwhite people. I have also learned that we have come a long way since then; in 2008 we votedin the first African American President Barack Obama. I have always believed that we are allhuman and there is no difference in some one that looks different just because the color of their skin. We are all different and unique in our own way whether we were born to live thelives of our parents, or their parents before them. Everyone is raised different but we are allstill human and made of the same blood. Diversity is something the older generation cannotbreak because that is the life they were raised to live. Newer generations are much moreaccepting of people who look different than they do just because of their skin color. Thecolor of skin you were born with does not make you any different than somebody else is. Inthe past black people were treated like slaves just because their skin was darker than whitepeople. That kind of power white people had over black people was astronomical to think itwas only because white people were intimidated by somebody who had a different skincolor. I do not think anybody has the right to claim the life of another as their own to do withas they please. Without getting to know people who might look or act different then we do
we don’t have the right to judge them differently than we are. Judging someone makes them
seem that they feel superior because differences might scare them and they feel judging themis their only option.Have you learned something new about your own racial, ethnic, or cultural history?I have learned that I am open to learn about and experience the differences we allhave. My own race or culture should not restrict my preferences or desires in life. Exploringother cultures would empower my own understanding of how we are all different yet we alllive day to day for our families and loved ones.Trends in immigration will continue to shape the demographics of the United States.
 
What will the U.S. population look like in the year 2050? Why do you think so?I believe America was at one time filled with a white majority and people of color were asmall minority. The last few decades have brought many people of different colors and culturesdimming the majority of a white population. A large majority of the reason there are so manyillegal immigrants who come to America from Mexico are coming here to better their lives byfinding better jobs. Businesses are more apt to hire immigrants because when they come herethey are desperate for work and they accept cheaper wages. By 2050 the large increase inimmigration will turn the white population into the minority. People from other countries cometo America because they feel they will have better opportunities here. There are so many jobsthat need people who accept lower wages and these are the jobs immigrants tend to achieve.They may seem like low paying jobs to Americans, but to an immigrant the lifestyle and respectthey receive here make those jobs worth the income.What challenges does the United States face due to the diversity of its people?A large problem with the huge diversity of people is the conflict that some people cannotavoid when they feel so different than another culture. Some cultures have a hard time lookingpast others because of their own personal beliefs or by the colors of their skin. A great examplewould be how
America’s prisons
have to segregate certain cultures because of the way somepeople feel about their viewpoint. So many people feel entitled to a certain way of life or betreated a certain way because of their beliefs or how they were brought up. Society is still filledwith people who have so much hatred for others because of the colors of their skin. Differentcultures seem to gang up together and they feel like they are superior of other people. There aremany different variations of these groups such as the white supremacists, the KKK, Gangs, etc.Some people use hate and violence against other groups of people who are different than they areon the outside of their skin. We are all built with the same organs and blood yet the shade of ourskin is something that is a problem which may never go away. By 2050 there will be so manydifferent groups of people the melting pot will be spilling over. The United States should try notletting Americans form groups who work against each other. We need to be able to account forthe number of current Americans who are looking for work rather than letting immigrants takethose jobs away.What are the benefits of such a diverse society?By being around others who are different than us by the color of their skin or the beliefsthey were raised with, we will be able to see that they really are no different than we are. There isone thing that everybody in the world can attest to being the most important thing in their life
and that’s family. Everybody has family, which is not something that can be restricted to just
because of their skin color or religious beliefs. With a large diversity we would be able toexperience or understand other cultures and realize they are similar to us. We can all growstronger together by understanding why we all were taught to have different beliefs and thatshould not make us any different. People should not judge others based on ideas they have onhow they might differ from us. Benefits occur every day with a diverse society, we all live
 
together and go about our own business daily, all trying to better our lives by producing incometo generate a lifestyle we can raise our own children in. Getting to know other peoplesdifferences should create a better style of living and eliminate any sort of negativity and hatredagainst one another.How can we foster a climate of acceptance and cultural pluralism in the United States?By teaching acceptance of other cultures in school early on children will learn we are allthe same early on in life. Sometimes school is the only place people are given the opportunitiesto learn new things about other cultures and ways of living. Accepting differences in people earlyon teaching young people to accept others by who their personalities and own beliefs make them.People need to hold back their fears of being different than one another and having negativethoughts about others because of their own culture. Differences can come in a variety of forms
such as our language, actions or even the clothes we wear or don’t wear. They can also come in
actions such as the way we believe in our own religion or a lifestyle we have learned to live.Without being exposed to differences in cultures we would be restricted to thinking of our ownas normal and new cultures as scary and different.In what ways does the media perpetuate stereotyping and prejudice? Provide examples tosupport your assertion.The media is a huge reason society believes false accusations on other people. The mediacan easily point out these differences in people by making them seem like they are different thanwe are which makes them look bad. For instance the Treyvon Martin case was a great exampleof the media blowing everything out of proportion. Race was a large issue and the media wasconsistently pointing out the differences in the suspect and victim. Another example of mediainfluences would be the Casey Anthony trial when she was acquitted of killing her little girl. For
months after the verdict that case was still in the news because most American’s believed there
was enough evidence to prove her guilt. The media used her partying life and unstable livingstyle to portray her as a bad mother. When Enrique Iglesias and his lover adopted children themedia questioned their decision just because of their sexual orientation.In what ways does the media help foster appreciation for diversity? Provide examples tosupport your assertion.The media greatly influenced the election of President Obama by the acceptance of thecolor of his skin. Being the first African American president was definitely an ionic experience.The media defiantly exploded over that election more so than any other just because of the colorof his skin. Another example of media provoked appreciation of diversity would be Brad Pitt andAngelina Jolie adopting their children from another country. They were one of the manycelebrity families who became foster parent of children with different heritages and skin colors.

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