Understanding Other Cultures Helps Reduce the Racial Divide
When we think of Black History Month, most people think of people of African Americans having celebratory events like parades, heritage festivals, church events and moments in black history plays or shows. Although it is great to see people of African heritage celebrating, we must not forget that there is a lot of black history that has happened in the United States and it affects all of us regardless of race.
In light of so many issues on racial separation that have come to light recently, it is more important than ever to make sure ALL families understand the significance of Black History Month. The same rings true for National Hispanic American Heritage Month, Asian American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and many more of the celebratory months that target specific populations. Some ask why should I celebrate that and it doesn’t represent me, my race or gender? The answer is simple. Much of the conflict we have with other races , cultures and genders is simply because we don’t understand what we don’t know and that can create fear, anger, bitterness, resentment and more. The best way to combat the differences we have is to understand what they are, why they are and why they make the melting pot we call America so beautiful. Another question I hear is “what about my heritage month?” when there is not one specifically designated for a group. The answer there is simple as well. For the majority population many cultures, traditions and such have been intertwined with American history as the norm so many know those traditions already. However, if your heritage is not being represented why not create a heritage celebration and invite people regardless of race or ethnicity to learn about your culture?
There must come a time when we stop complaining about the differences in people and learn to embrace them. For our children this is key especially in light of how different workplaces and colleges as well as primary schools are. The more enlightened we can make ALL of our children the better off we will be as the world continues to change the way its collective face looks.
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