Perspectives on Diversity

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Perspectives on Diversity The United States today is a society struggling with its own diversity. There have been and still are many perspectives on how we as a society should come together and interact with others of different races, cultures and ethnic groups. The Anglo Conformity Perspective views the values, norms and standards of the United
States as an extension of English cultures because the English were the dominant group during the colonial era and when the new nation was emerging. (pp. 177) This group rejects diversity and favors homogeneity maintain that everyone should conform to the values, norms and standards determined by the Anglo founders of the country and was modified by the continuing
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The most common expression in the melting pot theory is the argument that people should be color blind and the people should ignore a person’s skin color.
People of color often become offended by this expression because it implies a negative perception of one’s race and color. The argument is white people are only “color blind” when it comes to a person’s skin color but they see all colors such as the grass, sky, rainbow etc. It implies discomfort if one’s skin is anything other than white. Color blindness indicates an attitude about skin color differences that is as negative as anything advocated by the separatist erspective. The Separatism Perspective is a conceptual belief in the notion of establishing entirely separate societies for distinct racial, ethnic or other groups that exist within a society. (pp. 177)
Separatism is the most easily recognized perspective yet it is the most pessimistic. Separatism is largely based on the belief that ineradicable difference exist between groups of people and that differences inevitably cause hostility. The logical outcome is to believe that different groups have their own places separate from each other and should only interact when necessary. At different times both the minority and majority have advocated for the separatist perspective.
Although there are separatist groups in the United States today, they attract few followers and most are
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