Reflection On Multiculturalism

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This semester, I had the privilege of taking a course on multi-culturalism which presented me with multiple perspective on race and different social groups whilst making allowances for me to inspect my own stance on the frequently debated topic. The prejudices that each racial and social group were discussed and it was at this point I realized how fortunate I had been. My mother, being from an upper middle class family, understood the importance of social-economic standing and understood the value of living in certain areas. Growing up in a rather affluential area, my family and I were the only people of color within a 15-mile radius. Despite having growing up with no diversity, I was one of the fortunate few who had never been exposed to racism …show more content…
America incessantly proclaims to be “the land of the free” (see national anthem), and despite it’s the efforts to condition me into believing this, I cannot accept the façade it presents to its people and the rest of the world. American’s, particularly those who do not ascribe to the white European American, are denied freedoms daily. In school, we learn that America is a melting pot, however over time the “pot of stew” analogy was created. Both analogies describe people’s attitudes to immigrants. The "Melting pot" metaphor reinforces the concept that differences, when they are put together, can create something beautiful, something that several American fail to do. The melting pot however depicts the modern day America. This analogy requires immigrants to reject their own culture and, assimilate to the "American Way". Although some, due to unimaginable reason, may wish to forget their past, the melting pot doesn 't give them the freedom to choose, instead it penalizes and ostracizes them for being different both socially and economically. Racial intolerance hasn 't decreased but is becoming more and more discrete. Due to laws, racial discrimination now wears a different mask; no longer do we read “no Negros allowed”, “6 negro’s lynched today”, or “no votes for colored’s” but instead we see “qualified applicant’s apply”, “African American shot by police” …show more content…
I am black, and even worse, I am a woman. The black race, expects up to take care of our own, your elders, men and youth, in fact the race is entirely reliant on us yet they hurl insults at us. I am told, I’m not pretty enough, if I change my lips, hair, nose, but keep my hip and ass I can be. I am the receiver of insults, better yet they are hurled at me by those who I wish to protect and wish well for. I incessantly make allowances for the black men when they need saving, even after they reject us for their white women or chose to neglect their children. I’m called a traitor for wanting more for myself and achieving it at all cost, for treating and respecting the white population. I’m am looked at with disgust when I treat Asian, Latinos, Europeans, the non-blacks as equals in the human race and for not letting vengeance consume me. “Traitor”, “Confused”, “Oreo” “self-hating”, words that I am tormented with for putting the human race

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