Beautiful People, Beautiful World

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Beautiful People, Different Colors

There are so many people in this world that are a part of different cultures. There is no way of physically telling which one a person is specifically a part of. Can you tell what culture these people are from just judging by their skin color? You can’t, can you? You can assume where they may have come from, but you can’t know for sure unless you ask them.

The United States of America is known as “The Melting Pot” to many people. I don’t know if I personally agree with this term. Melting Pot means

  • a metaphor for a heterogeneous society becoming more homogeneous, the different elements “melting together” into a harmonious whole with a common culture.

Now this seems like a fairly agreeable statement about what people WANT the United States to be. This definition suggests everyone who comes to the United States should assimilate their culture with the U.S. culture creating a “harminous” community. Is that what is truly happening though?

The Great American Melting Pot was made by Disney Educational Productions to try and show kids that it is okay to be from a different ancestry because thay is what America was founded on.
The United States did derive from a variety of cultures that came together to form the country, but that is not what it necessarily is today.

Today the United States is viewed more as a “Salad Bowl” which is defined as

  •  various American cultures are juxtaposed — like salad ingredients — but do not merge into a single homogeneous culture. Each culture keeps its own distinct qualities.

This is what I see happening in American society. Instead of coming together and sharing our ideas, we stick to our own cultural tendencies and expect others to conform to us. We all have different views and instead of accepting someone to be different from us, we look down on them.

Have you ever seen certain people ,*not all!*, that discriminate against other people because they do not have the same views as them? It is hard NOT to find it in our society today. There are so many things floating around about AbortionEqual RightsRELIGION, and so many more topics that have become natural to argue about. Until everyone in the United States can agree on the same terms that EVERYONE is different and does not have to have the SAME views, then we can become a melting pot and live in harmony. Until then, we are just a salad bowl of different ideas that never seem to “melt” together.

“I dunno, am I?”

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Well do you really ever know if you’re racist? You might not be to yourself, but to others you could be saying something offensive. Let’s talk about the statement I posted in my last blog.

Conventional geographic “racial” groupings differ from one another only in about 6% of their genes. This means that there is greater variation within “racial” groups than between them.

Yup! Crazy isn’t it? There are more differences WITHIN these so called “racial” groups than there are between them! It’s really strange to think about because race has been a George Costanzamajor part of society for…. well…. a REALLY long time. But how did this term come into play? Why is it such a determining factor in how we view and judge people? That is something I would more than definitely like to figure out! Maybe finding out the true meaning of the term “race” and the origin might lead into the answers to how it can become neutralized.

COMP 250 / SEC 4 / ANTHROPOLOGY


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