An understanding of both the visible and the hidden dimensions of diversity increases tolerance and understanding of the differences in each of us. Diversity brings distinctiveness to individuals and makes us interesting, but if we base our opinion on the visual and not the hidden also, then we are being judgmental of others. The visual characteristics only encompasses part of our who we are, which unfortunately forms the basis of many of our values. Understanding the hidden dimensions of diversity with the visual dimensions allows us to enrich ourselves by eliminating ignorance and gaining different perspectives on others diversity. By seeing many sides of other cultures, we are well informed, and can make rational assessments regarding others.
American exceptionalism can give America an edge over other nations simply because of our freedom to choose what we want to be and do. Americans may never trade or give up what they have in this country for anything different. We have high taxes, low minimum wages, and even may flaws in the political system and also corrupt politician that are supposed to keep us running. Many people may argue that the United States is better than almost any country because of our freedoms, but
When we refer to diversity in people we are referring to cultures and ethnic backgrounds in the United States and around the world. I believed diversity is valued because it makes things more interesting when you have diverse groups of people ethnic groups, religions, cultures, and wealth and power. 2. What is ethnocentrism? In what ways can ethnocentrism be detrimental to a society?
The Case for Contamination Kwame Anthony Appiah wrote an article for the New York Times called, “The Case for Contamination”. In my opinion this article is about moral decisions, globalization, and diversity throughout the culture. I agree with Appiah, and I too argue that we as human beings are allowed the same respect and concern from a global standpoint. Additionally, there has certainly been added burden to modernize the world to become equal. I found it to be so true when Appiah stated that “Talk of authenticity now just amounts to telling other people what they ought to value in their own traditions”.
Why is diversity valued? Diversity is a term used when describing an individual or group of persons that are different or composed of different elements . This term is mainly used toward groups varying in culture and or race. Diversity is a valued component due to the various qualities, depths of knowledge and experiences offered from it. When valuing our diversity this can help and lead the growth in ourselves as well as our surrounding society.
The key to overcoming things like discrimination and prejudice is education. The more we learn about other races and cultures the better we will be able to understand and relate them to our own culture. With this knowledge we will be able to see past the stereotypes and judge each person on their own merit. It is up to us to take actions that will increase this knowledge. We need two types of people in order to make this a reality.
If we take a wide view of the country it might look as a very diverse nation, but once we look in closer and start dividing areas geographically we would discover that we are a homogeneous nation. Brooks says “Make no mistake – we are increasing our happiness by segmenting off so rigorously. We are finding places where we are comfortable and where we feel we can flourish” (332). These days when we speak about diversity we have a tendency to think that it mainly covers racial integration. But it seem like we are unsuccessful to end racial discrimination as well, the author pointed out “The number of middle-class and upper-middle-class African American families is rising, but for whatever reason - racism, psychological comfort – these families tend to congregate in predominantly black neighborhoods” (332).
Why is diversity valued? Diversity can be described as the qualities and unique traits that vary from person to person, or from one group to the next, that make us different. Diversity is valued because there is a great deal of knowledge to be gained from one culture to the next because of the different ways in which we see the world, and the different approaches we take in solving our problems. (Racial and Ethnic Groups, 2011) 2. What is ethnocentrism?
Krikorian presents a good argument and has done his homework. The author seems to respect patriotism and feels we have a greater obligation to our citizens than foreigners. Krikorian speaks of a country we once were when our grandparents came to America but not that same country now. He argues our immigration laws need to be shaped to improve the United States along with the government enforcing more stringent immigration laws. This would shrink the illegal population and life for American workers would improve.
During an age of mass industrialization and urbanization, obtaining social justice was of vital importance because with social justice established, social control would naturally be achieved due to the satisfaction of citizens being treated equally. Progressive reformers moved to correct flaws in government and improve societal equality, but they soon found the widened divisions in American society to be difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. (Out of Many, 606) Progressivism was characterized by a series of movements, each of them aimed in one way or another at renovating or restoring American society, its values, and institutions. (Out of Many, 612) The three basic social issues addressed by the Progressives were women suffrage, freedmens civil rights, and working conditions. Each group of reformers challenged the words of our founding fathers as stated in the Constitution, “…in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity,…promote the general welfare…to ourselves and our posterity…,” progressives were searching for a perfect union for every individual to be satisfied with.