February 24, 2013
What information about diversity in the United States has helped you better understand or relate to others in ways that you may not have in the past?
In my studies I have found confirmation of my belief that diversity in the United States will only improve with time as the increasing number of interracial unions increase. I have also affirmed my belief that so long as society chooses to put people into groups we will always have issues surrounding fair treatment of people from all walks of life. It is the collective mentality that harms our nation the most. So long as people are divided they lack the strength to overcome governmental intrusion into their personal lives. So long as “we the people” are divided we will continue to see attacks on various groups of people, rather than the peace that unity can bring.
Have you learned something new about your own racial, ethnic, or cultural history?
I have learned that there are similarities between my own culture and that of others. For example, I was surprised to learn that head coverings are not limited to Muslim women but also include some devote Jewish women. I found it intriguing to learn the history behind it and how to put one on. I did experiment with this at home out of curiosity and perhaps to feel a deeper personal connection to my roots. What is frightening to find are quotes such as this,” “The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Shihab-Eddim said, leaving no room for doubt that the Egyptian government -- like Iran's -- has at the very least significant elements that deny humanity’s greatest crime of all. “U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb,” Shihab-Eddim said.” (Alster, 2013) Knowing that people like this still exist and find their voice spread by the media only furthers the fear I personally experience at times living as a Jewish woman. Trends in immigration will continue to shape the demographics of the United States. What will the U.S. population look like in the year 2050? Why do you think so?
The United States in the year 2050 will be more of the melting pot, often referred to in our society. We have many from various races now, but in the future that number will be far larger. It is noted by Kotter, “From 2000 to 2050, the U.S. will add another 100 million to its population, based on census and other projections, putting the country on a growth track far faster than most other major nations in the world. And with that growth -- driven by a combination of higher fertility rates and immigration -- will come a host of relative economic and social benefits.” (Kotter, 2010) The increasing number of immigrants into the U.S. along with the increasing number of mixed couples will create a country far less “pure”, with this I believe will come greater levels of acceptance and less acts of discrimination.
What challenges does the United States face due to the diversity of its people?
The biggest challenge the United States faces is that of language barriers. It would be simple to say everyone must speak English, but harder to put into practice. Unless the United States starts working toward a bilingual culture we will not only have the issues to face at home, but also hurt our ability to earn profits in a global market. If we look toward other industrialized nations, we can learn from them. Their school children are taught various languages from young ages. The United States still waits until the middle school year which decreases the ability of a child to learn and retain the information. We also...
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