Teach Diversity - with a Smile
Sept 7, 2010
English 101: Freshman Comp
Did you ever think why our elders do not quite understand why we are so open to accepting others who are not exactly like us?, why they seem to say “why are you talking to that black person?, or my goodness gay men are a menace to society, it’s just wrong!”, well back in their day years ago it was wrong and Barbara Ehrenreich discusses this topic in her essay Teach Diversity- with a Smile. Barbara discusses the difference between monoculturalism, multiculturalism, and being politically correct. She explains how cultural issues were looked at in the fifties compared to how society looks at these now. Multiculturalism is what is accepted, it is the way we live now, it is politically correct or P.C to accept people the way they are be it homophobic, of mixed decent, disabled etc. Barbara explains that in the fifties when she was young monoculturalism was of age and different cultures were limited. People were only deciphered by race and religion. She says “there were Negroes, Whites, and Orientals, Chinese and Japs and only 3 religions Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish.” Which we now know has tremendously changed, there are numerous categories people could be put in and plenty of religions that people believe in. I agree with her that multiculturalism does prepare our people for a wider more diverse world. Although there are people (conservatives) very much against multiculturalism they think it is wrong and socially unacceptable, yet they are the close minded people that are socially frowned upon because people are people regardless how they are. Both sides of the spectrum are well understood yet multiculturalism still remains on top and being politically correct needs to become more verbally expressed and an issue that more people need to address. People are starting to realize oppressed people are...
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