Understanding Cultural Diversity in the United States

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The United States of America is a perfect example of cultural diversity. Starting with the Mayflower landing in Massachusetts Bay in 1620, to the Great Migration from 1915 to 1930, to the continual immigration into our country today this country has seen its culture grow and reshape itself over the years. The culture of the United States is diverse but understanding and appreciating various cultures does not always exist within today’s classroom or in today’s society. Understanding or even defining cultural diversity , identifying the challenges cultural diversity brings, or how to face cultural diversity are all issues educators face in today’s classroom. If different people were asked to define cultural diversity there would be…show more content…
After the attack on Pearl Harbor Japanese Americans were unjustly jailed and their rights were violated due to fear. More recently in history, after September 11, 2001, several Middle Eastern Americans have become more scrutinized in the United States and some were even victims of hate crimes. Since September 11, 2001, accountability has become an everyday reality for Middle Eastern Americans in light of official policies that systematically demand that they explain their every action (Amir, 2005). These challenges do not have to become common practice amongst the citizens of the United States. There are ways to combat the challenges of cultural diversity. The United States elected an African-American president in 2009. This election has been touted as the biggest leap for African-Americans and their place in society. There are others in the United States who dislikes President Obama solely for his skin color. The election did not solve the cultural diversity issues in the United States. The election did, however, open the door much wider to some of its citizens by making it socially acceptable to have an African American in a leadership role. Education can play the strongest role in combating cultural diversity. The United States is a melting pot of cultures from around the world. “The concept of a “melting-pot”
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