February 13, 2011
The issues explored in “The Mirror of the Other” and “America: The Multinational Society” point out problems I society that are compounded by the “mono-cultural” attitudes that Reed and Fuentes tell us to try and avoid. Social problems that take part in “mono-cultural” attitudes include racism, poverty, and ageism. Carlos Fuentes talks about the interactions between Hispanic culture and Americans inside the United States. In “America: The Multinational Society”, Ishmael Reed discusses the fact that many cultures influence the United States more than people think. Ishmael Reed believes strongly in the “western” influence, and incorporates many ideas from it. “By which they mean, presumably, a civilization created by the people of Europe, as if Europe can be viewed in monolithic terms” (Reed p256).
Racism in todays culture filled United States is at an all-time high. The Hispanic culture and the American culture coexist whether we like it or not. “The two cultures coexist, rubbing shoulders and questioning each other. We have too many common problems, which demand cooperation and understanding in a new world context, to clash as much as we do” (Fuentes, p251-252). Fuentes would believe that “mono-cultural” attitudes are curable and seen as a disease. Fuentes would address this problem by coming together and living with our differences cooperatively and peacefully. Reed would also agree to come together as one and not be racist. “Such blurring of cultural styles occurs in everyday life in the United States to a greater extent than anyone can imagine and is probably more prevalent than the sensational conflict between people of different backgrounds that is played up and often encouraged by the media”(Reed, p257).
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