June 17, 2012
Dr. Rosetta Kincaid
To begin my personal informative essay on diversity in the United States, I would like to point out what information has had the most influence on how I better understand and relate to others different from how I did in the past. I do not feel as though this class taught me any more than I already know about other races and ethnicities, in terms of, how their ancestors came to America, or what hardships particular racial or ethnical groups have grown through in the group’s history in the United States. What I do feel like this class has done for me is, put into prospective of how often and frequent prejudice and discrimination is still today.
If someone were to have asked prior to me taking this Cultural Diversity class, whether I think racism and discrimination is still relevant in today’s society, I probably would have answered, not really. Considering how publicly prejudice early Americans where of all groups, race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, I would have considered racism almost a thing of the past. Especially now when we can see every kind group of people in Americas workforce, we even had a female nominee for Vice president a few years ago. What this class has done is point out ways that many Americans (of all groups) still demonstrate some kind of racism, discrimination, and stereotyping of other groups other than their own. The information in this class has also provided me with explanations like, upbringing and immediate social circle, for the reason why many people still secretly and possibly unconsciously discriminate against others.
All of this information has caused me to take a close look at myself and my upbringing, to see if there are any changes that I can make to better understand those that I know not understand instead of prejudging and stereotyping based upon false information from other discrimination....