In it, he argued that the traditional American cultural of individualism and self-reliance was eroding in the face of growing self-absorption and a society that increasingly seemed to reward it. In many ways those movements succeeded in gaining their legitimate objectives, though not without rhetorical hyperbole and questionable government policies still in force to this day.
Internal colonies in the U. Blacks had moved out of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation but were, for decades, held hostage to prejudice exemplified in Jim Crow laws, segregation, lynchings, in being prevented from voting, and, more recently, in an inordinate representation in the American prison system.
America is so much better than every other country because of the values that people share -- it defines our national identity. I cherish the friendships I have made with many, many ethnic and racial minorities here. And the historic persecution of the Roma Gypsies in Europe recently prompted a strong list of specific recommendations from a European Commission to counter that prejudice.
However, I believe there are also chronic, underlying issues that also explain why many Americans continue to feel threatened by foreigners. And it is also hard to have a primary national identity if all you really care about is your own group.
Multiculturalism in the U. We are going to have to re-commit ourselves to the reality that a United Nations forum will continue to be a crucial venue for all the perceptions and values of an international community.
Published By John T Marohn In the first part of this two-part essay on the anti-multiculturalism movement in Europe and United States, I attempted to carefully note that the backlash against multiculturalism was far more niched against specific groups—the Muslims in Europe and the UK and the Hispanics in the United States.
There is a segment of American society that continues to draw itself into stereotyping minority cultures. Words such as these send the message that if one follows certain religious and other cultural traditions, then they should not be considered equal in the United States. Although there appears to be a widespread belief among American historians that even American history is under siege in elementary and secondary education, there is an even greater lack of understanding of other cultures, globally, nationally, and locally in the United States.
In the days after Ben Carson stated"I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation," he rose in the Republican primary polls.
Not unlike the Orientalism stereotypes Americans and Europeans had about Middle-Eastern cultures as naively uncivilized and needing to be culturally trained into proper Western ways, many Americans still hold on to some damaging cultural stereotypes within American society.
America is a country in which many diverse cultures exist, co-exist and find common ground as Americans. Do they deserve such treatment simply because they reject cultural assimilation?
Many people not just immigrants do not believe they should have to fully assimilate, or give up their traditional culture or heritage from where their ancestors originated, just in order to become "American.
The Irish also experienced extreme prejudice, particularly after their arrival in the United States during the great Irish Famine of the s.
The first, more prosaic and culturally benign strand, simply stated the obvious: The second more divisive strand has argued that people do, and ought to, gain their primary identities from attachment to their racial or ethnic groups. Still, politicians and mass media often connect impoverished people in communities of color with an unwillingness to adopt some ideal type of respectable Anglo-American culture.
Even though the U. I continue to believe in its efficacy. In this increasing globalized world we live, Americans are going to have to expand their international horizons.
Unless they live in urban, metropolitan areas, the dominant, English-onlywhite culture in America continues to be segregated. Our news media is more apt to present international news in terms of conflict, drama, or tension to be fair, American news, in general, is crisis oriented.
They stereotype those who refuse to assimilate as culturally backward, inept, and void of the attributes needed to attain the middle-class "American Dream. At the same time we must support, in word and deed, the profound principles of the United Nations Charter of Human Rights.
In this view the role of the government is not only to accept that "fact," but to facilitate it. Which brings us to the current political version of American multiculturalism. One has said that he would not feel comfortable putting "a Muslim in charge of this nation.
Certainly, any immigrant should be able to become a U. First, it was the Germans who raised questions about whether they could or would become "real Americans.
In other words, how are U. Unfortunately, there are those who routinely uplift themselves by subordinating people of color, non-Christians, women, LGBTQ, and low-income peoples.In multiculturalism should be openly embraced in the United States, a country where many pride themselves on having the freedom to be who they are without persecution.
Instead, there are many who still advocate intolerance. In the first part of this two-part essay on the anti-multiculturalism movement in Europe and United States, I attempted to carefully note that the backlash against multiculturalism was far more niched against specific groups—the Muslims in Europe and the UK and the Hispanics in the United States.
Multiculturalism, while a fairly new term, is not a new social phenomenon despite prevailing beliefs that the United States was culturally homogeneous at its formation.
Multiculturalism and Multicultural Education in the United States: The Contributory Role of Geography FLORENCE M. MARGAI AND JOHN W. FRAZIER INTRODUCTION Settlement geography and cultural landscapes, two well-established themes of human geography, have taken on renewed importance in the study of the United States.
a perspective recognizing the cultural diversity of the United States and promoting equality of all cultural traditions.
Multiculturalism is defined as People see the world through the cultural lens of their language. Multiculturalism in the United States has a long silent history. The United States has, from its founding, taken in immigrants from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom were, at the time, controversial.Download