The Challenge of Diversity Essay

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When America was founded, it was established on freedom and equality for all people, at first religious freedom, but eventually freedom of speech, press, petition, and more. In time, America began to be known as a “melting pot” of cultures as more and more people came because they wanted this freedom; the more people who came though, the more problems America had. There were too many cultural discrepancies between people, and ultimately America, the country based on freedom and equality, faced challenges concerning diversity. So, why do we need diversity? As America grows, the differences in cultures among individuals become colossal. People are becoming closed-minded about others who are disparate from themselves, which creates…show more content…
Wouldn’t you want to know where that child’s family is coming from? We need talk to those around us who are from dissimilar cultures and ethnicities. Awareness of other cultures also helps to endorse personal growth by making you confront conventional typecasts about other cultures and learn how to interconnect with people of different cultures. When you learn how to communicate with others, you gain perspective. “Learning to see another human being…as a full person in not an automatic event but an achievement that requires overcoming many obstacles” (Nussbaum).This perspective helps you see the world in a new light. When we are younger, all we have to live on is our parent’s proclivity, “we see things not as they are but as we are” (Loewen) but as we grow older and mature, we gain our own perspective. With each new person you meet, you have the opportunity to perceive the world through their eyes and see how life is for them. Perspective is what America needs to become more acquiescent of other cultures. In the book The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, the main character struggles with trying to get the reader to understand what he is going through. He can tell you a story about the Vietnam War, but you will never fully experience what he did, nonetheless you will gain a number of insights on his perspective. That is why perspective is necessary to fully
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