America: Melting Pot vs. Salad Bowl

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America: Melting Pot vs. Salad Bowl

Multiculturalism is also known as ethnic diversity relating to communities containing multiple cultures. The term is used in two different broad ways, descriptively and normatively. By using the descriptive term, we usually refer to the simple fact of cultural diversity. This can be applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place and sometimes at the organizational level such as schools, neighborhoods or nations. The normative term is often referred to ideologies or politics that promote this diversity or its institutionalization. The United States have been a magnet for people all over the globe, searching for a better life and bringing their own culture and traditions to a new vast country. No
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This is where a tunnel vision is created within America, because nobody bothers to explore and look outside the box. They pay more attention to copy and look-alike, than to stand out in a crowd. Earlier in the text we established that having a wide diversity of people in a society is very effective and useful. Just think about it, who wants a salad only containing lettuce? It is very boring to only eat lettuce all the time and nothing else in your salad. Even though this is what happens when everyone melts together, everyone is a piece of lettuce. While instead of only eating boring lettuce pieces you can spice it up with all kinds of vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat; whatever your taste buds prefer. Again, all of this leads back to diversity just within your eating habits and in your salad. Bennett also claims that America is already too divided as a nation and it’s therefore essential not to focus on our differences because this will only divide us further. James Surowiecki states “Diversity helps because it actually adds perspective that would otherwise be absent and because it takes away, or at least weakens, some of the destructive characteristics of a group decision-making.” (29) Surowiecki is a well-known author who writes for a popular column on business
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