Cultural Identity Reflection Paper

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Cultural Identity Reflection Paper Who I am; my beliefs, values, morals, and views on diversity are shaped based upon my upbringing, the values within society, and the norms adopted by our culture. However, I can’t only thank these sources for whom I am; my own personal experiences and feelings have had a huge impact on my cultural views. My biases; I am aware of them (good), but they exist, and to some may seem bad. I want to take you on a journey inside my path to cultural identity. I think I was a pretty easy going teen growing up; as long as I had my eye liner and my eclectic group of friends by my side, it was going to be a good day. I went to school (preschool-12th grade) in a small community, predominantly white. There were…show more content…
I have already described 9/11 and scholarship issues, but I must say that I was shocked when the 2008 election took place. I have NEVER voted republican, but during the 2008 election, I felt I had no choice. Here was a man (Obama), running for president, when he had no real political experience, and to me, had no real promise of a better future, but he won. Headlines swarmed with the fact that people were voting for Obama (for racial reasons) that have never voted in their life. I was disappointed, but what put the final stake in the coffin was when I was considered racist because I didn’t vote for Obama. The fact that I had to defend myself against racism in a presidential election infuriates me (to this day). As far as “us white people” go vs. racism: it is a two way street! Are there White racists out there? Yes. Are there African American racists out there? Yes. I do not feel comfortable going into all of my views in this area because I feel like if I say what I feel, I will be considered racist, and be doomed in the counseling field. What I am going to say on this topic is this: slavery happened many years ago; was it awful? Yes. Does that warrant a race their own magazine, TV channel, award show, and college funds? Ummm no. My cultural and family biases that shaped who I am today? Well, my family feels the same way I do on many issues surrounding
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