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Cultural pluralism

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Cultural pluralism

  1. 1. Cultural Pluralism
  2. 2.  “It is imperative that Americans understand how we benefit from diversity and that we learn more about previous and current contributions of diverse groups in our society because the real threat to our nation is not diversity but ignorance.” p. 150
  3. 3. Attitudes about Diversity  Anglo Conformity  Rejects diversity in favor of homogeneity  Concept of “Americanization”  Melting pot, Stews, and Salads  Color blind  Separatism
  4. 4. 10 things to know about race 1. Race is a modern idea. 2. Race has no genetic basis. 3. Human subspecies don’t exist. 4. Skin color really is only skin deep. 5. Most variation is within, not between, “races.”
  5. 5. 6. Slavery predates race. 7. Race and freedom were born together. 8. Race justified social inequalities as natural. 9. Race isn’t biological, but racism is still real. 10.Colorblindness will not end racism.
  6. 6. Cultural Pluralism  Right to preserve cultural heritage  Diversity as a positive attribute of society  Appreciation vs. tolerance  Despite significant research and efforts, cultural pluralism continues to be overshadowed by Anglo conformity
  7. 7. 5 reasons to support pluralism  Failure of Anglo conformity  Impact on self-consciousness and self- determination  Necessity of human interdependence  Recognition of diversity as an ideal  Current existence of diversity
  8. 8.  “diversity alone is not pluralism. Pluralism is not a given but must be created. Pluralism requires participation and attunement to the life and energies of one another.” (Ecks, 2001)
  10. 10. “It is NOT POSSIBLE to claim to have pluralistic attitudes and be passive because passivity perpetuates social injustice.”