Cultural Identity And Cultural Culture Essay

842 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
According to Paulo Coelho, a Portuguese lyricist, and novelist, “Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions, (Coelho, n.d.).” I would go further by saying that if we understand each other, we can overcome racial and cultural barriers. This process originates with the individual, and by examining my cultural identity. Developing an awareness of my cultural identity can make it easier to communicate with others and recognize aspects of other’s cultural identity.
The majority of my cultural identity was developed at a young age during the time my family migrated to the United States from Jamaica. Jamaica’s racial demographic is comprised of the majority race, blacks with small groups of Asian and mixed races. Despite an individual’s cultural background, most people identify as Jamaican. In fact, the Jamaican motto states, “Out of many, one people.” Racism is not a major issue in Jamaica, and I did not become aware of my blackness until I moved to the U.S.
In the U.S. my childhood community was primarily black with a mixture of African American and people from the Caribbean. My school had a majority black population, and my church community consisted of a mostly Caribbean population. However, my teachers were white; the police…

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