Multiculturalism Is Educational And Promotes Tolerance

1199 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Multiculturalism can be defined as the view that various cultures in a society merit equal respect and scholarly interest. America is a proud example of being a multiculturalistic society, for there is a variety of cultures and each has their own traditions and values. Because I have lived in a multiculturalistic society for nineteen years, I can say that multiculturalism has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of multiculturalism are that it is educational and promotes tolerance, but the disadvantages are that it can act as a barrier as a result of stereotypic presumptions and can lead one to lose their individuality due to assimilation.

Multiculturalism is definitely educational. One is able to interact with others from different cultures. This environment exposes us to a range of varying customs and traditions. It is interesting to learn about other people’s cultures because that is the only variable that makes one person different from another. At least wcknowledging amd being aware of other cultures allow us to become more understanding and educated to all the different ethnicities and races. My best friend in high school was Ethiopian. I still remember the first time I went over her house. As soon as we stepped inside her house, her mother came rushing to the door, said hello to me, grabbed my hand and shoulder bumped me. I was confused and flabbergasted. I just stood there waiting for an answer while my friend and mother were laughing at my…
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